Jaguars Notch 20th Win After Downing Titans
Detroit- The Detroit Mercy Titan’s (2-24, 2-13 Horizon) season woes continued Saturday afternoon with a 91-59 loss to the IUPUI Jaguars (20-6, 12-3 Horizon).
Senior guard Danielle Lawrence led the Jaguars with 28 points with 8-15 shooting from the field and 4-7 from three-point range, following up her 29-point performance in Thursday’s win at Oakland.
“We allowed Danielle Lawrence to get into a rhythm,” Titans head coach Bernard Scott said. “She felt like she could do anything out there and she did.”
Lawrence’s key to success is simple for her, praying. She agrees with M.C. Hammer in his song “Pray,” that she has to pray just to make it through the day, as she counts her faith as a huge part of her life.
“It’s helped me out a lot,” Lawrence said. “My grandma passed away not too long ago and she was really big in believing in the Lord and praying every day. After she passed away, I took that from her.”
Lawrence’s favorite thing to pray about is being able to do the little things to help out her teammates if things don’t go well for her personally. One of her teammates, is fellow senior, forward Jenna Gunn. While Lawrence grabs the headlines as the two-time All-Summit League First Team selection and very like soon to be All-Horizon League First Team selection, Gunn is the less heralded player who provides a steady presence defensively, while also doing a little bit of every. Together, they’ve helped establish a winning tradition for the Jaguars including a Summit League championship game appearance last year two WNIT appearance the last two years.
“It’s been amazing, coming in together as freshmen,” Lawrence said. “Jenna’s a great player, and also look up to Jenna as a person, so training four years with her has been nothing but just awesomeness.”
Freshman forward Macee Williams added 14 points, and eight rebounds for the Jaguars.
Sophomore guard Anja Marinkovic led the Titans with 17 points, including shooting 4-7 from three-point range, following up her 25-point game in the Titans win over UIC, Thursday.
“Anja got in the gym this week,” Scott said. “We’ve been asking Anja to get in the gym all year and just get up extra shots and she did that this week and she’s in a really good rhythm right now. She’s playing at a good pace and really looking for her shot.”
Both teams have three games remaining before the Horizon League Tournament in Detroit, appropriately named the Motor City Madness. Jaguars head coach Austin Parkinson sees this as welcome change; as his team won’t have as far to go. They had to travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the Summit League Tournament.
“We’re so happy to be playing in Detroit,” Parkinson said. “We didn’t enjoy to Sioux Falls at all, so this is great for us to be able to play in a neutral site, finally, in a beautiful venue, and I think the Horizon League does an incredible job of promoting the event, (and) putting on the event. We’re excited to part of it.”
The Jaguars close out their regular season with three home games against Milwaukee, Wright State, and Northern Kentucky.
The Titans final two regular season games will be on the road against Milwaukee and Green Bay, but not before their final home game, Monday night, Senior night against arch-rival, Oakland, in what could be a first round preview of the Motor City Madness.
“It’s going to be an emotional game for our seniors with it being their last game at Calihan Hall,” Scott said. “Oakland got us the last time at their place, so, I know our players will be looking forward to, hopefully, getting them back.”