Anderson Scores 18 in Bronco Loss at Detroit
"We obviously have a lot of work to do here," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "We had a defensive game plan in place, but the bottom line is we let low-percentage shooters make shots. Some of that was do to our game plan, making those kids make baskets because we knew we would have our hands full with Detroit's other players.
"I think back to the first two possessions, when we got stops but let them get offensive rebounds. It kind of snow-balled from there and we weren't able to rebound. Credit to Detroit for that, they have out-rebounded all of their opponents all year, including Penn State."
WMU didn't have an answer for preseason First-Team Horizon League pick Shareta Brown, who led all scorers with 35 points, adding 11 rebounds for her second double-double in the last three games. She entered Wednesday's contest second in the Horizon League and 11th in the nation in scoring, averaging just over 22 ppg.
Demeisha Fambro added 18 points and nine rebounds for Detroit, which held a final 49-36 advantage on the glass. Destiny Lavita-Stevens also hit double figures for UD with 10 points.
Senior guard Aurielle Anderson did a bulk of WMU's scoring, tallying a team game-high 18 points, also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Junior guard Corie Buchanan was a rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomores A.J. Johnson and Jazmine Windham and freshman Miracle Woods all finished with eight points.
Western Michigan and Detroit split the first six points of the night and then the Titans took over, rattling off 10 straight points. WMU had trouble in its half court offense from the get-go, hitting just three field goals through the first 12 minutes. On top of the poor Bronco shooting, Detroit built its big first half lead outscoring Western Michigan in the paint, 24-8, and converting 15 Bronco turnovers into 16 points.
The second half was more of the first, as Detroit continued to score frequently, and UD had extended its lead to 30 by the 13-minute mark. The Titans' 97 total points was a team season-high. Detroit shot 54.7 percent in the contest and went 20-for-24 from the free-throw line.
Coming off a WNIT appearance and a 20-14 record last year, the Titans are off to a 3-3 start in 2012-13. Two of the UD's losses have been against Big Ten opponents, falling to both Michigan and No. 6 Penn State by eight points each. Detroit is coached by former Bronco assistant Autumn Rademacher, in her fifth season. Rademacher was at Western Michigan from 1997-2004, helping WMU win its last Mid-American Conference championship in 2003.
Three games into a five-game road trip, Western Michigan slipped to 2-4 on the year with the loss. The Broncos stay in state and travel to Oakland Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup against the Grizzlies. WMU heads to Indianapolis next Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a 7 p.m. contest against IUPUI.