The Youngstown State women’s basketball team trailed by eight at halftime and couldn’t make a final push to catch Detroit in falling 62-48 at Calihan Hall in the regular-season finale.
YSU finished the regular season 21-8 overall and 11-5 in conference play.
With Loyola losing at Green Bay on Thursday, Youngstown State will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s Horizon League Tournament. The Penguins likely clinched a berth in the Women’s NIT.
The Penguins will host the No. 7 seed on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Beeghly Center. The opponent is yet to be determined.
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.
The Penguins trailed by 13 with about 10 minutes remaining but hung around and trimmed the deficit to six with 7:18 to go on two Shar’Rae Davis free throws. They still faced just a seven-point hole with 4:28 left when Detroit scored the next seven points to put the game out of reach.
Davis scored 16 points in the second half, and Liz Hornberger scored all 12 of her points in the first 17 minutes.
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. They are tied for third place with Loyola with each team having one game remaining.
Youngstown State had a scoring drought of nearly six minutes in the first half, and Detroit led by as many as 10 in the opening half before taking an eight-point advantage into the locker room.
The 62 points by Detroit were the fewest it scored all season at home.