Wayne State University women's basketball team wins first GLIAC championship in over 30 years
By Mark Vest
Posted February 27, 2014
DETROIT — Entering their game against Lake Superior State University (5-23, 5-17 GLIAC), the Wayne State University women's basketball team knew what was at stake: a victory would mean an outright regular-season Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship.
Although they trailed multiple times in the game, including in the second half, a 6-0 run late in the contest gave the Warrirors an 80-74 victory and its first GLIAC championship since the 1980-81 team.
With the game tied late, Shareta Brown made a basket with 24.7 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Warriors a 76-74 lead. Wayne State proceeded to make four consecutive free throws to help put the game away.
After losing three consecutive games entering the contest, winning a tightly contested game to clinch a GLIAC title could help the Warrors regain some confidence heading into postseason play next week.
"There was a stretch for about two weeks where we really did lose our confidence," said Wayne State head coach Carrie Lohr. "Good time to get it back. I did see a rejuvination this week in practice."
A Wayne State (20-6, 17-5 GLIAC) victory made Senior Night a whole lot more satisfying for Imari Redfield.
"It means a lot to win as a senior," she said. "I've been through a lot since I've been here. To come together on our last game and win the way we did was awesome. It's something I won't forget."
Aside from the success they've had this season, last year the Warriors won a co-GLIAC North title and made it to the NCAA regional final game. Given the kind of success Wayne State has had, which now includes back-to-back, 20-win seasons for the first time in program history, getting a strong effort from opponents isn't likely to come as a surprise to junior Kayla Bridges.
"We had an amazing first half of the season and were nationally ranked," she said. "People get excited when they play us; it's a chance to make a statement. They look at it as they have nothing to lose, so we get a lot of fight out of everybody."
Wayne State is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Matthaei Center in a quarterfinal game of the GLIAC tournament against an opponent yet to be determined.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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