A Season to Remember detroit mercy women's basketball excels in 2016-17

The Titans made their first Horizon League Championship game appearance since 2012 and seventh title game all-time. Detroit Mercy, the No. 3 seed, earned victories over sixth-seeded Cleveland State (70-56) and No. 2 seed Wright State (71-52), before falling to top-seeded Green Bay, 64-52.

The Titans scored several big victories on their home court -- as well as away from home in 2016-17. Reynolds and the Titans defeated their rivals Oakland twice, including 71-61 at home on Feb. 11.

The biggest win of the regular season may have come just a week earlier on Feb. 4 when Detroit Mercy defeated #21-ranked Green Bay on Feb. 4. It was just the sixth win over a ranked opponent all-time and first since 2012 when the Titans also beat Green Bay.

The Titans were en fuego against the Phoenix at home, leading 30-11 after the first quarter, hitting eight 3-pointers. Detroit Mercy tied a school-record with 16 triples in the game, shooting 56 percent from the floor and 61 percent from downtown.

The Titans earned a road victory during their Thanksgiving trip to California, winning in thrilling fashion in the finale of the tournament, 66-64, over Delaware at Cal State Northridge.

Detroit Mercy helped kick off the conference year with a nine-point win on the road at Oakland, starting 3-0 in league play for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Detroit Mercy also earned a non-conference win at Eastern Michigan with Rosanna Reynolds totaling 30 points in the triumph.

Senior guard Rosanna Reynolds finished her Titan career third all-time in scoring with 1,745 points, first in career assists with 552 and also top 10 in rebounds with 634.

During the 2016-17 season, she became the first Titan in program history to surpass 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a career. Reynolds started all 129 games during her Detroit Mercy career and holds the school record in career starts, which ranking second in games played.

She was just the second player in program history to surpass 500 career assists and has established the new mark. She finished her Titan career with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.09.

She was named First Team All-Horizon League for the second-straight season and earned her third-straight All-League laurel. Reynolds is just the second player in school history to earn three All-Conference honors. Reynolds ranked fifth in the league in scoring (16.2 ppg) and second in assists per game (4.9 apg).

Reynolds has earned many honors during her Titan career and during the 2016-17 season was the only player in the Horizon League - men's or women's - to receive consideration for the Senior Class Award, a national honor.

Reynolds saved some of her best performances for the Horizon League Championship, scoring 19 points in a victory over Wright State in the semifinals before scoring a game-high 25 points in the championship game against Green Bay.

Senior Haleigh Ristovski finished her career strong, pulling down 8.9 rebounds per game and averaging 3.8 assists in 18 Horizon League games. She moved into third place all-time in career rebounding (869) by the end of the season and became the eighth Titan to start in 100 career contests.

Ristovski was among the nation's leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.45) and defensive rebounding (7.6 per game). She finished her career sixth in blocks (97) and also was in the top 10 in 3-pointers made (149). A stalwart in the classroom with a 3.99 GPA in Accounting, Haleigh Ristovski earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Academic Women's Basketball squad.

Graduate transfer Kelsey Mitchell made an impact in her lone season with the Titans and was a force offensively and defensively off the bench, playing in 31 games. She ranked fifth on the team in scoring (7.1 ppg), while pulling down 5.7 rebounds and tying for second with 27 blocks.

Junior forward Brianne Cohen was named Second Team All-Horizon League a year after being the Sixth Player of the Year. Cohen led the conference in field goal percentage (60.1), which for most of the season was ranked in the top 15 in the NCAA. She was second on the Titans at 15.2 points per game and led Detroit Mercy with 29 blocks.

Cohen finished the season the year scoring in double figures in 14 of 15 games and shot 65.0 percent in 18 league games. She surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in the final game of the regular season, becoming the 21st player in program history to reach the milestone. She has 1,045 points after her junior season.

Freshman guard Anja Marinkovic was selected to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team after ranking second among HL freshmen and fourth on the Titans in scoring (7.5 ppg). She was second on the squad with 48 triples and also shot 89.4 percent from the free throw line in her first season as a Titan.

One season after breaking the school-record with 234 triples, the Titans blew past that mark with 259 treys in 2016-17. Detroit Mercy had five different players surpass 30 3-pointers on the season with Nicole Urbanick hitting a team-high 72 triples.

Junior Nicole Urbanick was again one of the top 3-pointer shooters in the league, sinking 72 triples and making 37.7 percent of her trey attempts. She averaged 9.6 points per game, starting in 31 games for Detroit Mercy. She enters her senior season just 95 points away from 1,000 in her Titan career.

Gracie Roberts started the last 24 games of the season for the Titans and finished the season with 72 assists, while scoring 2.4 points per game. She was a catalyst on offense for the Titans in her first season in the red, white and blue.

Like her freshman year, Brittney Jackson hit big shots in big moments -- including multiple free throws in the win over Green Bay -- and was important player off the bench. She finished the season with 30 triples and averaged 4.0 points per game in 32 contests.

After sitting out a season, Cortney Williams was back this year and played in 28 games for Detroit Mercy off the bench. She scored a season-best eight points against Delaware State.

Sophomore Lola Ristovski was another vital reserve for the Titans and played in 30 games, making seven starts alongside her sister, Haleigh. She finished fifth on the squad with 10 blocks and added 12 triples, while grabbing 1.6 boards per game.

Ashley Miller gave Detroit Mercy bursts of energy in her freshman season, playing in 27 games for the Titans and totaling 32 rebounds off the bench. She added four blocks and showed great promise in her rookie season for the Titans.

Zoey Oatis showed flashes of what's to come for the Titans in her first season, playing in 12 games for Detroit Mercy.

#WEnotme was the mantra for the 2016-17 Titans. It was a rally cry that started when the team first met during late summer and was prevalent throughout the season and especially during the run to the Horizon League Championship game.

In his second season at the helm of the Titans, head coach Bernard Scott led Detroit Mercy to the league title game, while clinching a winning season and a top-four finish for the second-straight year. He totaled a 23-13 HL record in his first two seasons with the Titans.

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