Maple Leafs Come Up Short In Last Game Of Michigan Swing

Roe’s 12 points pace GC women in final game before Christmas

DEARBORN, Mich. — Mariah Roe’s double-figure night paced the Goshen College women’s basketball team in a 60-40 loss to Michigan-Dearborn that closed out each team’s first-semester schedule Wednesday night.

Roe led the Maple Leafs (1-13) with 12 points, knocking down the first four 3-pointers she tried. The Goshen defense held the Wolverines (5-11) to 17 points after halftime, including a 2-of-10 mark from the floor in a fourth quarter that saw GC win a 9-8 defensive struggle.

Unfortunately for Goshen, Michigan-Dearborn had already made its offensive mark, shooting 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) in the first quarter and taking a 19-11 lead. The Wolverines also led 36-23 at the half.

For the second straight night, 11 Maple Leafs saw action with each of them playing at least seven minutes. Every Goshen player that saw action showed up in the scoring or rebounding columns with six cracking both.

Roe led Goshen with four boards on top of three players with three each. Haley Archibeque and Sydney Stein both added three assists.

Natalie Spala scored 22 points off the bench for Michigan-Dearborn to lead all scorers. Kendall Rose joined her in double figures with 14 points; Meredith Williams finished one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 assists while adding seven steals. Micah White led UMD with seven rebounds.

The Wolverines cooled off to 40.4 percent (23-for-57) from the floor for the game, holding Goshen to 29.8 percent (14-for-47) by the same measure. Each team made liberal use of the 3-point line as exactly half of the game’s 104 shots came from distance: UMD made 10 triples to Goshen’s eight.

On the other hand, trips to the foul line proved hard to come by as each team made four foul shots; all six of Goshen’s attempts came before halftime while the Wolverines’ first free throw came in the fourth quarter.

The Maple Leafs now have a week off before they reconvene on Thursday, Dec. 28 at an inopportune place to halt a losing streak. Goshen visits NAIA Division II number-one Saint Xavier University in Chicago at 2 p.m. EST in the first game of the SXU Christmas Classic.