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April 2, 2013

Traverse City's Rademacher leads U-D to WBI title

DETROIT — If Autumn Rademacher is superstitious, Wendy's may be permanently off the University of Detroit menu.

Or on it, depending on how you look at it.

After a large portion of the team skirted the coach's orders and had Frosties from the fast-food joint the day before a game that ultimately cost the team a possible Women's National Invitation Tournament offer, the Titans instead jumped at a bid from the Women's Basketball Invitational.

The Titans ended up hoisting the WBI tournament trophy Saturday on the Dick Vitale Court at Calihan Hall, ending up 21-13 in the Traverse City native's fifth campaign guiding her alma mater.

"I can laugh about it now," Rademacher said of the Wendy's fiasco.

At the time, Detroit was making a push for third-place in the Horizon League, a push that would allow the Titans to put off a league tournament meeting with top-seeded Green Bay an extra round. Plus, a strong late push, would be another feather in the cap for a WNIT bid.

Detroit finished its league schedule with second-place Youngstown State and ninth-place Valparaiso.

After beating Youngstown 62-48, the Titans were staying in Valparaiso, Ind., at a hotel that had a Wendy's next to it.

"We had just beaten Youngstown the day before and drove to Valpo that day and I said, 'You guys need to get some rest,'" Rademacher said. "It was a noon game the next day. And I said, 'Don't be walking over to Wendy's and getting Frosties. Go to bed.' I was watching tape up in my room and I was thirsty, so I went down to the hotel snack bar to get a pop and I see half our team with Frosties in the lobby watching the Michigan-Michigan State (women's) game. And I'm thinking, 'What did I just tell you?' And so, I say, 'OK, you guys have your own ideas. You guys better win tomorrow. Better win.' Of course, we got blown out."

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