The Gray Wolves were in control for the majority of the contest, but a late rally allowed No. 22-ranked UM-Dearborn to pull away and claim a 61-49 at the Ebeid Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.
“We had three really good quarters today,” said head coach John Kenger following the contest. “Dearborn turned up the intensity late and fundamentally we broke down in some places. I’m really pleased with our effort. We’re starting to put things together.”
Lourdes controlled much of the first half as it held a 16-9 lead after the first quarter of action. Ramiah Henry (Toledo, Ohio/Waite) hit a late jumper in the quarter to help Lourdes grab the seven point advantage.
LaTyrah Beasley (Toledo, Ohio/Bowsher) four quick points for the Gray Wolves to help Lourdes open a 23-12 lead with 7:58 remaining in the half. A deep three-pointer from Jami Hardy (Perrsyburg, Ohio/Cardinal Stritch) with 5:53 left in the half gave Lourdes its largest lead of the half at 26-12.
With the Gray Wolves holding a 31-20 lead, UMD (11-2, 6-1 WHAC) was able to close the half on a strong 11-0 run to knot the game at 31-all at the intermission.
Lourdes took advantage of the intermission and came out firing, using a 6-0 run out of the gate to take a 37-31 lead with 8:41 left in the third quarter. The two teams exchanged multiple buckets, but a layup from Keyvona Davis (Columbus, Ohio/South) late in the quarter proved to be the difference as Lourdes held a 44-43 advantage through quarters.
The Wolverines took control in the fourth quarter, scoring the first eight points of the final stanza to take a 51-44 advantage. Lourdes stopped the run following a three ball from Sydney Miller (Huntsville, Ohio/Indian Lake) to cut the lead to 51-47.
From there, UM-Dearborn was able to pull away and seal the 61-49 victory.
Hardy and Beasley led the way for Lourdes, scoring 13 points each. UMD was led by an 18-point effort from Sade Lemons.
Lourdes finished the contest 19-of-56 (33.9%) from the field, including 8-of-21 (38.1%) from three-point range. The visitors finished 22-of-61 (36.1%) from the floor, including 8-of-29 (27.6%) from beyond the arc.
Lourdes was outrebounded in the contest by a 45-32 margin.
The Gray Wolves (5-8, 2-5) will travel to Grand Valley State University for an exhibition contest on Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. to close out the 2018 portion of their schedule.