Detroit- The Detroit Mercy Women’s basketball team (0-2) lost their home opener to Bowling Green (2-0) Monday afternoon, 85-81 in their Field Trip Day Game. Callahan Hall was filled with more than 4,000 students, mostly from elementary school from around Metro Detroit, creating an energetic and boisterous atmosphere. Even the visiting Bowling Green Falcons took notice of the atmosphere.
“We were prepared,” Falcons head coach Jennifer Roos said. “I was trying to throw out as much candy before the game started so fans would cheer for us and get on our side but Bernard did a good job getting on that microphone before the game started and corralling everyone here to cheer for them. It was about 4,150 people versus 23 in our program with our travel party.”
While Roos tried her best to manage the crowd, her players managed to make the best of the situation.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Falcons sophomore forward Andrea Cecil said. “They may not had been cheering for us but we acted like they were.”
Despite the loss, Detroit Mercy head coach Bernard Scott was much more pleased with the Titans effort after a tough 91-64 loss at Miami (OH).
“I wanted us to play with little more intensity, a little more fire than we did on Friday, and we definitely did that.” Titans head coach Bernard Scott said. “I though we played hard. I thought we gave ourselves a chance to have an opportunity to win the game. Unfortunately, we didn’t get stops when we needed to get a stop. We didn’t make as many free throws as I would have liked. We missed nine free throws which could have helped us win as well, but all in all, I’m happy with our effort.”
Among the bright spots for the Titans was senior forward Brianne Cohen with a team 20 points, as she proved a consistent scoring presence in the post. Sophomore guard, Anja Marinkovic added 18 points, 15 of which came from three-point range. Marinkovic formed a potent inside-outside scoring tandem with Cohen, her fellow Canadian.
“I think she played very well, and to be honest with you, she can do that every game,” Scott said. “She’s that type of player. She’s an all-conference player in my mind, but Anja has to get to that point where she’s showing up every game. Today she showed up, now moving forward, I hope she stays consistent.”
Freshman forward Lexi Tobel, in her second official game into her collegiate career, was the third Titan in double figures, as she scored 16 points. Tobel made five of her eight three-point attempts and also recorded a team-leading two blocks. Her performance here, vindicates the confidence Coach Scott has shown in her after he mentioned her as potentially contributing right away on Media Day.
“Today, she just played,” Scott said. “She wasn’t nervous. She played with a ton of confidence, which is what we’re asking her to do. She played 35 minutes and that’s because we need her to play 35 minutes, and we need her to be as confident as she was today going forward.”
Cecil led the Falcons with 20 points and added seven rebounds. Junior guard Sydney Lambert added 17 points and seven rebounds, including a critical three to beat the buzzer to end the third quarter, giving the Falcons back the lead.
“For Sydney to hit that shot, that’s a huge momentum change and picked that right back up in the fourth quarter,” Cecil said.
The Titans now have an eight-game layoff until their next game at Callahan Hall as they host Michigan State on Tuesday, November 21 at 7pm.