Not One Player from Detroit Mercy’s Women’s College Basketball Team is Returning, but Coach AnnMarie Gilbert Is

Eastern Michigan head coach AnnMarie Gilbert calls a play for her team during the first half of an NCAA tournament first-round women’s college basketball game against South Carolina in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy)

Thanksgiving arrived, and Detroit Mercy’s women’s basketball players didn’t see their head coach as they dined on Boston Market.

Christmas came, and AnnMarie Gilbert remained absent. Her players celebrated together in a Warren hotel with a team dinner from Texas Roadhouse, miles from campus and told they could not visit with their loved ones, with assistant coaches periodically checking in to make sure they hadn’t left.

The family atmosphere most of the Titans chose the program for all but vanished. It was replaced by a sense of abandonment from their coach, athletic department and their school.

Some of them reportedly played hurt, rushed back from injury or concussed. Some felt pressured to diminish their focus on academics or lose weight. Some say they were told to lie about COVID-19 symptoms.

All of them slowly coming together, along with their parents, to realize they could no longer stay silent after they felt their individual concerns got ignored repeatedly.

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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, Chris Solari