Thursday, March 31, 2011

Women’s Basketball 2010-11 Top 10 Highlights: No. 5-1

No. 5 – Third Straight Postseason Conference Tournament Victory

For the third-straight season, head coach Autumn Rademacher and the Titans advanced in the Horizon League Championships as Detroit defeated Valparaiso, 59-50, in the first round. Under coach Rademacher, UDM has always been ready to play once the conference tournament comes around as the red, white and blue downed Loyola in 2009 in the first round and Wright State last year in the quarterfinals.

All three wins have been in the friendly confines of Calihan Hall.

UDM was led by sophomore Cherridy Thornton's game and career-high 25 points, as the Detroit native was hitting from all over the court, ending the game 9-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point range. She also grabbed six rebounds and had three assists and three steals.

The Titans would just not let their season end as they trailed by 11, 35-24, at the 17:52 mark in the second half, but then went on a massive 25-6 run over the next nine minutes to take a lead they would never give up. Detroit hit 10-of-15 shots during the run, which saw Thornton tally 14 points on four triples and a layup.

Highlights of the victory

No. 4 – Titans Go Into Hinkle Fieldhouse And Pull Out Win

It was a team effort from the very start as the Titans braved the winter conditions – an ice storm that saw them leave a day early – and played together as a team to end a 12-game losing streak to the Butler Bulldogs, 55-51.

Butler came into the game at 8-1 in the Horizon League, just a game out of first, but UDM saw all eight players who played score to earn the win.

Sophomore Cherridy Thornton the way with a game-high 14 points, while sophomore Yar Shayok had 12 points and nine rebounds.

After withstanding an earlier Butler charge, Detroit came back to take a lead, but the game would be tied at 25-all at the half.

The Titans were up by one, 33-32, with 16:10 to go in the second period, when Detroit took the lead for good with a 13-3 run over the next six minutes to jump out in front, 46-35. Butler got within two on a few occasions, but the red, white and blue never let the Bulldogs regain the lead.

Highlights of the victory.

No. 3 – Dixon’s Monster Weekend

It was raining buckets and the storm that was passing went by the name Dominique Dixon as the sophomore netted back-to-back 30-point games on the road at nationally-ranked Green Bay and at Milwaukee.
Dixon was simply spectacular going for 31 at Green Bay and 32 at Milwaukee. She was a career-best 12-of-18 from the field against the Phoenix, with three 3-pointers, and then went 11-of-16 from the field with a career-high six triples against the Panthers.

With the back-to-back 30-point outings, she became just the second player in school history to tally two-straight games with 30 or more with the other nearly 30 years ago in Cheryl Williams during the 1981-82 season. It was also Detroit’s first 30-point outing since Molly Peterman had 35 against UIC in 2002.

For the week, Dixon averaged 31.5 points hitting 67% from the field (23-of-34), 69% from three (9-of-13) and 88% at the free throw line (8-of-9) as Detroit cruised past Milwaukee, 90-76, and nearly defeated No. 21 Green Bay, falling 69-62.
For her efforts, she was named the National Jesuit Player Of The Week by the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight on Jan. 6.
No. 2 – Titans Rally To Take Win Away From Eastern Michigan

The saying "It ain't over till it's over" was never more convincing then on Dec. 8, 2010, as the Titans went from losing a game to the victors in six minutes, upending in-state rival Eastern Michigan, 62-60.

Detroit had a lead early, but an 8-0 run to end the first half gave Eastern Michigan a 29-28 lead at the intermission. The lead changed hands a few times in the opening minutes of the second half, but EMU would eventually garb the lead and extend it to 12, 57-45, with 6:05 left in the contest.

That is when Detroit turned the tables to stun the EMU crowd.

Detroit was down by a dozen when the Titans turned outscored the Eagles 17-3 down the stretch.

Junior Lauren Allen had a team-high 14 points and six assists, while sophomore Dominique Dixon added 13 points and sophomore Demeisha Fambro chipped in 12.

It was the biggest second-half comeback in Titan history behind a 15-point turnaround against Southwest Texas (now known as Texas State) on Dec. 22, 1997. In that contest, Detroit trailed by 15 at the half, 36-21, but came back to win, 56-53.

No. 1 – Detroit Beats Michigan In Ann Arbor

Detroit led from the very start as the Titans did not something they had not done since 1983 – defeat Michigan on the road – as UDM was simply dominant in a 67-48 victory.

The win ended a six-game slide to the Wolverines as the Titans earned their first win over their in-state rivals since 1994. The win was the first for UDM in head coach Autumn Rademacher’s three-year tenure against the Big Ten – Detroit was 0-4 prior to the outcome – and was also the first win for Detroit against a “BCS” school on the road since the Titans defeated Miami, 78-77, in 1995.

Sophomore Dominique Dixon tallied a game and then career-best 20 point going 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc.

Three other Titans scored in double digits as junior Jalesa Jones had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, junior Lauren Allen had 11 markers, four boards and three assists, while sophomore Cherridy Thornton netted 11 points and pulled down six caroms.

Sophomore Yar Shayok posted a game-high14 boards and just missed a double-double ending with eight points.

Detroit held Michigan to just 30 percent from the field, including 25 percent in the first half, as well as just 6-of-30 (20%) from three-point range. The Titans also dominated the boards by the tune of a 47-30 margin.

Detroit led from the very start, but put the game away with a 14-2 run in the second half. Up by six, 45-39, with 8:05 left in the game, the Titans scored seven straight to go up by 13, 52-39. Detroit would later increase its lead to as many as 21, 67-46, before the horn sounded for the 19-point victory.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Men's Basketball 2010-11 Top 10 Highlights: No. 10-6

Continuing our four-day release of the "Top 10 Moments in Detroit Basketball- 2010-11", we look at Nos. 10-6 on the men's side.  It was a season of many highlights for the Titans, a few of them listed below.  We'll catch the top 5 of the women's season on Thursday with the finale on Friday and the top 5 men's highlights.

10. Ray McCallum and LaMarcus Lowe Each with Career Highs in OT Win
LaMarcus Lowe, in his first start as a Titan, tallied a career-high eight blocked shots-- including three in overtime-- while Ray McCallum posted a career-best 31 points to lead the Titans to victory over Eastern Michigan, 68-65 on Dec. 11, 2010.  The block total helped Lowe rack-up 78 on the season-- fourth-most ever by a Titan in a single season.  McCallum's 31-point output was the highest by a Titan in '10-11 on his way to a team-best 446 (13.5 ppg) as a true freshman.

9. Detroit Hosts Legends Classic-- Nov. 26-28, 2010
Calihan Hall served as the host venue for one of the Legends Classic Subregionals.  Four teams (Albany, Bowling Green, Detroit and Niagara) each played three games in three nights in the post-Thanksgiving tourney.  Detroit junior center Eli Holman stole the show, claiming MVP honors after three straight double-doubles, averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds per contest.  Joining Holman on the all-tournament team was Nick Minnerath, who scored in double figures in all three games to help the Titans to a 3-0 weekend.

8. Titans Reach Horizon League Quarterfinals in Milwaukee.
With a convincing 90-69 win over Loyola in the Horizon League tournament first round, the Titans were off to Milwaukee for the quarterfinal round.  In the win over Loyola,  six different Titans scored in double figures, a feat that was not previously duplicated all season long.  Chase Simon's 19 points led the charge and his early hot hand-- he scored Detroit's first nine points-- was the catalyst to the win.

7. Two Titans Post Double-doubles in Same Game-- Twice
In a 96-77 win over Niagara on Nov. 28, two Titans recorded double-doubles when big men Eli Holman (11 points, 10 rebounds) and LaMarcus Lowe (12 pts, 10 rbs) turned the trick.  Holman would be in on another dual double-double in the regular season finale (Feb. 25) when he (19 pts, 11 rbs) and Nick Minnerath (13 pts, 11 rbs) did the honors.  On the season, Detroit produced 19 double-double efforts from four different players, led by Holman's league-leading 13.

6. Detroit Has 13 Games Televised During the Season.
UDM was featured on television 13 times in 2010-11.  Included in the schedule were six carried nationally by the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and  Four more games were aired over regional cable outlet FOX Sports Detroit with three more shown on WADL-TV 38 as part of the Horizon League Game of the Week package.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Women’s Basketball 2010-11 Top 10 Highlights: No. 10-6

In the next four days, the Detroit Titans Blog will list the top ten moments of the year from both the Detroit men’s and women’s basketball programs. Today’s edition includes the start of the countdown in No.’s 10 through 6 on the women’s side. Tomorrow’s posting will have the men’s 10-6 and on Thursday and Friday, the top five moments of the year from each squad will be revealed.

No. 10 – Detroit Makes A Grand Entrance At The Titan Tip-Off

The date was Oct. 15, 2010 and before Detroit could show us what they could do on the court, they, well they showed us what they could also do on the court and that is make an entrance at the Titan Tip-Off event. The Titans got the crowd pumped with skills other then basketball.

Full Highlight On Titan YouTube

No. 9 – Detroit’s Defensive Effort

It was a game that could have easily been overlooked. It was the next game after beating Michigan, two days after Christmas and four days before Detroit went on the road to open up conference play against a nationally-ranked Green Bay team. Yet, the Titans were able to stay focused and down Marygrove, 68-27.

The 27 points allowed were the second fewest in school history, behind only the 17 Detroit yielded in an 83-17 triumph over Madonna on Feb. 22, 1978. The 41-point victory was also the largest win for the Titans since a 96-54 win over McNeese State on Dec. 14, 2005. The defense came to play holding Marygrove to just 18 percent shooting (11-of-59) from the field and forcing 22 Mustangs’ turnovers, including what would turn out to be a season-high15 steals.

Watch highlight’s of Detroit’s victory

No. 8 – Shayok’s Double-Doubles

Sophomore Yar Shayok became just the fifth Titan in school history (and the first since Cheryl Day did it in 1990) to average double-digits in rebounding with her 10.2 per game. The Horizon League leader in rebounding and a member of the conference’s All-Defensive team, Shayok posted 10 double-doubles on the year for the second-straight season.

At one point during the year, she recorded five consecutive double-doubles, while eight of her double-doubles were when the Titans needed them the most, in conference play.

No. 7 – Dixon Sends The Game Into Overtime

Sophomore Dominique Dixon ignited the crowd to get on their feet in Calihan Hall as her 3-pointer with six seconds left capped off an 18-point comeback to send the game into overtime at home against Loyola.

Detroit was down, 60-42, with just under 11 minutes left when the Titans started their run and outscored the Ramblers, 29-11, down the stretch. Even with all that effort, the Titans had to pound the offensive boards in the final 25 seconds, before Dixon hit the three that would eventually send the game into overtime.

Watch the game-tying 3-pointer

No. 6 – Jones Moves Into Detroit’s Top 10

Junior Jalesa Jones broke into the Detroit record book earlier in the year and ended the season with 355 career assists, good enough to hold the seventh spot in Titan history. She will enter her senior year just 10 away from sixth place and 45 away from becoming just the fourth player in UDM history to record 400 career helpers. A really good season could see Jones top the record books as she is 131 behind the Titan career leader Marry Lillie (486).

On the season, Jones - fourth in the HL at 3.6 assists per game - had 11 games with five or more assists, including a season-high eight against Western Michigan and Cleveland State.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Senior Alainna Stefan On Training In Florida

Last week, our team traveled to sunny Florida for some quality practice and tournament competition. We began the first part of our trip by putting in some quality sessions at the Faldo Golf Institute in Orlando, a great facility with multiple short game areas, a huge driving range, and a 9-hole course for our team to use.

One of the highlights of the trip came on our second day, when the team got to meet and take a picture with golf legend Sir Nick Faldo. We were also privileged enough to play an 18-hole match against IPFW at Orange Tree Golf Club, one of Orlando’s championship courses. Even though our games were still a little rusty, we managed to begin the season right with a win.

The next couple days required us to quickly transition to a course a bit further away, Walkabout Golf Club, where we hosted the Sunshine Spring Classic. Again, the team didn’t play its best in this two-day tournament, but we were starting to get back in the swing of things and had a great time.

We were then on our way north to Jacksonville and began to prepare for Butler’s annual tournament. Typically, our team has finished well every year in this event, so this year we expected nothing less. Although it still wasn’t as good as we would have liked, we managed to finish fourth in the tournament, and first out of the Horizon Leagues that were there, including Butler, Cleveland State, Green Bay, Loyola and Youngstown State.

The tournament was a good preview for our conference championship in April, and showed us how much more work needs to be done before we can repeat as Horizon League champions.

The entire team is really excited for the weeks to come in April, with our eyes set on winning our conference again. Our next stop is in Fort Wayne, IN., for IPFW’s tournament on April 3 and 4.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Titan Senior Golfer Clarridge Recaps Florida Trip

The men's golf team just returned from a successful trip in the Sunshine State. The week included numerous hours of work at the wonderful PGA Village Learning Center.

With a 360-degree range, enormous putting greens, and several short game areas, we were able to work on our games in preparation for the tournament at the end of the week.

Another exciting day was endured as the team had a great day of golf and practice at the Fox Club; one of Florida’s most prestigious courses. This day included a visit from recent graduate David Byrne, who is now living in Florida pursuing professional golf.
Following the round, we spent several hours on the range working on our swings with an ex-Detroit Golf Club Head Professional and former PGA Tour professional. He has taught many PGA pros throughout the years and we appreciated him sharing his knowledge one-on-one with our team.

A few more practice days passed until it was tournament time. It was not our best tournament performance as a team, but it was good enough to come home with a ‘W’. The tournament was held on the tough Wannamaker course and what made it even harder was some windy conditions on day one.
All in all, it was a successful week down south to get a jump-start on the spring season with the ultimate goal of defending last year’s Horizon League Championship. Now, we just need some warmer dry weather to get back outside and keep our games in shape for our upcoming tournament at Butler in a few weeks.

Jeff Clarridge