Brown hurt as YSU women lose to Detroit

DETROIT – The Youngstown State women’s basketball team trailed by eight at halftime and couldn’t make a push to catch Detroit in the second half in falling 62-48 at Calihan Hall in the regular-season finale.

However, YSU locked up the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.

The women host its first-ever home playoff game Wednesday against the No. 7 seed, which will be determined after the regular season ends Saturday. Tipoff is at 7:05 p.m.

Despite losing, YSU got the No. 2 seed because Loyola (14-14, 9-6) lost at top-seeded Green Bay (25-2, 15-0) and can’t catch the Penguins.

As for Thursday’s game, the Penguins trailed by 13 with more than 10 minutes left but hung around and trimmed the deficit to six with 7:18 remaining. They still faced just a seven-point deficit with 4:28 left when Detroit scored the next seven points to put the game out of reach.

Shar’Rae Davis scored 16 points in the second half, and Liz Hornberger scored all 12 of her points in the first 17 minutes. The Penguins played the final 27 minutes without leading scorer Brandi Brown, who sat out for precautionary purposes after rolling her ankle in the first half. Brown, who recently became the second person in YSU history to score 2,000 points, is second in the conference in scoring at more than 21 points per game.

Shareta Brown led all scorers with 19 points and Senee Shearer had 17 for the Titans, who improved to 16-11 overall and 9-6 in Horizon League play. YSU finished the regular season 21-8 overall and 11-5 in conference play.

The Penguins limited Detroit to its fewest points at home this season and forced 22 turnovers.