Detroit 70, No. 9 Green Bay 58
It’s been 15 years since Detroit has been able to win in Green
Detroit coach Autumn Rademacher remembers that lone victory
fondly. She was a star player on the 1997 team that earned an NCAA
Rademacher, a former Green Bay assistant and now Detroit’s head
coach, saw her team pull off a stunning repeat performance from the
sidelines on Thursday night.
Shareta Brown scored 24 points and Senee Shearer added 23
Detroit shocked No. 9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 70-58 in a Horizon League
game at the Kress Center in Green Bay.
”I definitely brag a whole lot about all my accomplishments and
I just have always challenged them to shut me up, period,”
Rademacher said. ”At some point they want to show me up. They want
to do me one better and I said, `Hey, guess what, this one is very
sweet for you guys.”’
The Titans (13-11, 9-3 Horizon League) snapped the Phoenix’s
(20-1, 10-1) 40-game regular season winning streak and ended their
bid for a second straight perfect season in the Horizon. Rademacher
was unable to contain her grin after the unlikely victory and said
she couldn’t be happier for her players.
”I’m kind of in just a little bit of shock right now,”
Rademacher said. ”I knew that we had the kids to do it but .
absolutely this is a huge win. It’s so hard to win here and we just
happened to have a couple runs.”
Green Bay trailed for most of the game after falling behind by
14 early. The Phoenix took a brief 50-47 lead on an Adrian Ritchie
3-pointer with just over eight minutes left but then scored just
two points over the next seven minutes.
Detroit won because of its dominance in several key areas. The
Titans made their final 16 free throws and went to the line 35
times to Green Bay’s 13. They also controlled the glass with a
47-32 rebounding edge and held a potent Phoenix offense to just
20-of-67 (29.9 percent) shooting for the game.
Green Bay coach Matt Bollant gave Detroit credit, saying the
Titans were the aggressor on this night.
”They certainly did those three things and for them to come
into our place with our crowd here and do that is really
disappointing,” Bollant said.
After a slow start by both teams, Detroit used a 17-0 run to
take an early 22-8 lead as the Phoenix struggled to score. Green
Bay made just three of its first 18 shots.
Green Bay battled back to make it 29-24 at the half despite
shooting just 7-of-31 (22.6 percent).
The Phoenix was without starting forward Sarah Eichler, who
injured an ankle in practice earlier in the week. Green Bay also
had four players foul out.
Julie Wojta led Green Bay with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Hannah Quilling added 13 points, while Ritchie and Megan Lukan each