DETROIT - The Cansius women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2012-13 season in a 65-54 setback at the University of Detroit in Calihan Hall on Tuesday night.
Junior Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with 18 points on the evening. Senior Allison Braun and freshman Tiahana Mills each had eight points. Detroit held Canisius to 35 percent from the field
"I wasn't pleased with our effort tonight, both offensively and defensively. We tried different things to guard Brown, and weren't able to slow her down," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "We need to get better at running our offensive systems and be willing to make reads and adjustments when teams try to take things away."
Detroit took advantage of early Canisius turnovers and a slow start from the field by the Griffs as the Titans built a 12-2 lead with 11:28 left in the first half. Canisius went 1-for-10 to start the game and had four turnovers in that stretch. The Griffs would start knocking down shots, scoring on seven of its nine next possessions, but couldn't make a big run, trimming the Detroit lead to 23-16 with just over six minutes left in the half. The Titans had their largest lead of the first half - 31-20 - with 3:15 left after Shareta Brown put back her own miss. Canisius scored seven of the final nine points, capped by a layup from Ruttle in the final seconds, and trailed 33-27 at the break.
The Titans (2-0) scored the first 11 points of the second half as Canisius was scoreless during the opening six minutes of the second half. The Titans went up by as many as 19 points, taking a 51-32 lead with just under 11 minutes left in the half. Canisius went on a quick 8-2 run and a 3-pointer from junior Jen Morabito rimmed out that would have cut the Detroit lead to 10 with eight minutes left. The Griffs could never get the deficit into the single digits the rest of the way.
Brown led Detroit with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Rosanna Reynolds had 15 points while Audrey Matteson had 12 points and five assists. The Titans shot 49 percent from the floor and held a 44-28 edge on the glass.
Canisius returns home for its next two games, both the opening game in a doubleheader with the Golden Griffin men's basketball team. Canisius hosts Bucknell on Saturday, with tipoff in the KAC set for 1:30 p.m.
Notes: Tuesday's game was part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, a nationwide effort to bring greater positive awareness and exposure to Jesuit education... Detroit defeated Canisius for the first time in the last three meetings and won for the first time in the series since Dec. 4, 1993...Ruttle reached double figures for the 32nd time in her career... Canisius had 12 turnovers for the second consecutive game, lower than any total from the 2011-12 season.