Detroit 70, No. 9 Green Bay 58

It’s been 15 years since Detroit has been able to win in Green

Bay.

Detroit coach Autumn Rademacher remembers that lone victory

fondly. She was a star player on the 1997 team that earned an NCAA

tournament bid..

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

added 11.