DETROIT - An offensive explosion in the second half was the story as the Detroit Titans made 2013 a championship season by winning the Women's Basketball Invitational with a 73-62 victory over the McNeese State at Calihan Hall.
Sophomore Shareta Brown led all scorers with 28 points and 14 rebounds, her third double-double of the tournament. She was named the Tournament MVP
Junior Senee Shearer added 16 points and five rebounds and freshman Rosanna Reynolds chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists for Detroit (21-13).
McNeese shot 38% in the first half with UDM posting a 36% field-goal percentage, but the Titans were just 2-of-15 (13%) from beyond the arc in the opening frame.
The second half was all Titans as Detroit came out firing and put up 45 points.
Detroit had a 16-2 run to start the second stanza and a 21-2 run going back to the 1:15 mark of the first with back-to-back threes from Shearer and Reynolds. McNeese then scored five-straight points to make it 44-37 before Brown's two made it 46-37 with 13:35 left in regulation.
Junior Megan Hatter hit the fifth Titan three of the half in the midst of an 8-2 run and that gave UDM a 52-39 lead, and Fambro continued the Titan shooting with the team's sixth three of the half and a 55-42 advantage with 8:24 to play in the championship.
McNeese started to fight back and went on a 9-2 run over a 1:35 span to cut the Titan lead to 57-51 before Shayok bumped it back up to an eight-point lead.
Freshman Destiny Lavita-Stephens would then connect on a trey to make it a 62-51 game, but the Cowgirls came right back to trim the lead to 62-54.
A layup from Reynolds brought the lead back to double-digits and the Titans would raise that lead to as many as 14 down the stretch to seal their first postseason championship since capturing the State-Large College Tournament in 1981.
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