DETROIT, Mich. – Three players scored in double figures but the College of Charleston women’s basketball team could not overcome a double-digit second half deficit, as they fell 79-67 at Detroit on Sunday in the Quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
Freshman Shannon Hines came off the bench and led the Cougars (16-16) with 14 points, including two three-pointers late in the second half to help the Cougars cut the Detroit lead to single digits.
Junior Alyssa Frye broke the Southern Conference all-time single season record for threes in a season as she made three to bring her season total to 95.
Junior Jillian Brown had eight assists to bring her season total to 206, moving her to fourth on the SoCon single season record list. Brown finished the season with an average of 6.4 assists per game, becoming the first player in SoCon history to average over six assists a game since the 1997-98 season.
Senior Cathryn Hardy set the CofC DI single season record for offensive rebounds in a season at 115.
The Cougars scored the first basket of the game on a jumper by junior Afreyea Tolbert, but Detroit (19-13) quickly answered and built a 19-12 lead with 12:54 to play in the first half.
Detroit would go up as many as 11 in the first half, but an 11-2 run capped by a Brown three-pointer brought the Cougars to within two at 36-34 with 2:14 to play in the opening half. Detroit came back and scored the last five points of the half to take a 41-34 lead at halftime.
In the second half the Titans came out on an 11-2 run and led by as many as 20 at 58-38 with 15:23 to play in the game.
The Titans held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half, but behind the three point shooting of Hines and Frye, who made five second-half three-pointers, the Cougars went on a 13-4 run to close the gap to seven at 72-65 with 1:51 to play.
The Titans got a basket from Shareta Brown, who scored 22 for the game and went up nine with one minute to play. The Cougars brought the deficit back to seven on a Hardy layup, but ran out of time and Detroit hit their free-throws to close the game.
The Cougars finished the 2012-13 season with 16 wins, their third best win total in the last 15 seasons and more than doubled their seven wins from the 2011-12 season.
POST GAME QUOTES
COFC HEAD COACH NATASHA ADAIR
On the game
“I give a lot of credit to Detroit. They are a good team and there is a reason they are a No. 1 seed in this tournament. We didn’t play with enough focus and intensity on defense and didn’t get enough second chance opportunities. We average 45 rebounds per game and only had 33 today. Part of that was because Detroit made a lot of shots. They shot over 50 percent in the first half, but a few times we lost track of their shooters. I like how we fought in the final minutes, but we came up short.
On the season
“It’s always hard to lose your final game of the season and I’m disappointed, but there are so many positives to look back to. Alyssa Frye set a Southern Conference record tonight and Cathryn Hardy set a school record for offensive rebounds. I’m so proud of my team for how they bought in and allowed us to coach them and worked so hard this year, and I think we have a bright future.”