DETROIT - Facing a NCAA Division I opponent for the first time in program history, Lourdes fell on the road 101-50 to the University of Detroit Mercy on Monday evening at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.
"For the level of competition we played, I'm not totally disappointed with our play tonight," head coach Zareth Gray said after the contest. "We never gave up and fought the whole night. When you do some successful things against a Division I opponent, it gives you confidence that you can do it against teams in our league."
The Gray Wolves came out firing as Tarynn Hampton (Saint Louis, Mo./Alton H.S.) hit a triple on the game's opening possession to give Lourdes an early lead.
Detroit answered with four straight points before Tiffani Blackman (Toledo, Ohio/Start H.S.) added a jumper at the 18:30 mark to give the Gray Wolves their final lead of the game, 5-4.
The Titans answered with a 13-2 run to break the game open as Shareta Brown scored eight of Detroit's first 10 points of the game on the way to building a 17-7 lead.
A Ty Ali (Chicago, Ill./Rich South H.S.) triple pulled Lourdes within 21-13 with just over 11 minutes to play in the opening stanza before Detroit went on another run, this time scoring nine straight points. Another 10-1 run before break helped the Titans build a 48-25 halftime advantage.
An 11-1 run early in the second half and another 15-2 spurt midway through the second stanza put the game out of reach for Detroit.
Hampton, Blackman, and Ali paced the Gray Wolves with nine points each while Jessica Durr (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton H.S.) added eight points.
Brown led Detroit (5-4) with 43 points, making 17-of-22 shots from the field and 9-of-10 from the line while Rosanna Reynolds added 13 points. Demeisha Fambra chipped in 11 points while Yar Shyok pulled down 15 boards as the Titans held a 42-25 advantage on the glass.
"We had no one that could match up inside with Brown, Gray added.
For the game Detroit shot 62.9% from the floor, including a 69% clip in the second half. Lourdes shot just 30.4% from the floor. The Titans held a 62-16 advantage in the point and a 29-4 edge in points off turnovers, taking advantage of 22 Gray Wolf miscues.
"For the most part we did a good job of handling the ball against their full court press all night," Gray concluded.
Lourdes (3-9) will return to action on Saturday afternoon, hosting Indiana Tech. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. in a game to be played at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.