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March 10, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy women's basketball out of Horizon League tournament following defeat

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

DETROIT — Barring a postseason tournament invitation, the season came to a close for the University of Detroit Mercy women's basketball team with a 76-69 loss to Valparaiso in an opening-round game of the Horizon League Championship March 10 at Calihan Hall.

After Detroit (6-24, 3-13 Horizon League) got off to a 7-3 lead,  the Crusaders went on a nine-point run to take a lead they only briefly relinqueshed later in the half. It was 20-19 in favor of Valparaiso when the Crusaders took control of the game with a 16-5 run to close out the first half of play.

Although Detroit cut the deficit to as little as three points in the second half, the Crusaders (6-24, 3-13 Horizon League) proceeded to go on runs of five points and seven points, respectively, to help widen the gap and close out the game.

Detroit head coach Autumn Rademacher offered her evaluation of the Titans season as a whole.

"They were so young," she said of her team. "They were thrust into a situation with injuries. There was a lot of spots available and a lot of getting used to each other. There was one in this week, one out that week. We just couldn't get into a rhythm, and that was what was really hard about the season. We were able to play a bunch of freshmen and sophomores who had moments of greatness. Taking from this year start to finish, I feel like we matured as a team. I'm excited for what next year holds."

Detroit came into the game as the No. 8 seed, with Valparaiso as the No. 9 seed.

Senior Senee Shearer led Detroit with 20 points.

Valparaiso moves on to face top-seeded Green Bay in a quarterfinal game, scheduled to be played at 8 p.m. March 12 at the Kress Events Center.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.