January 16, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Indiana Tech women’s basketball team completed the season sweep of Madonna University on Wednesday night in the Schaefer Center, coming from behind to defeat the Crusaders 79-70.
Juniors Rachael Kruse (Ft. Wayne, IN/Homestead) and Ulyssia Richmond (Temple Hills, MD/Riverdale Baptist) combined for 50 points to help guide the Lady Warriors to the win and snap their modest two game skid.
The game started going back and forth as the two teams traded the lead eight times over the first 13 minutes before Chelsea Carradine (Redford, MI/Thurston) propelled the Warriors to an 8-0 run with five points putting Tech in front 33-25. Madonna would trim the deficit to just four though to trail 36-32 at halftime.
The Warriors (8-12, 6-6 WHAC) came out of the locker room on fire hitting four three-pointers to begin the half and would jump ahead 48-38.
The Crusaders (11-8, 7-5 WHAC) didn’t back down though and came back to retake the lead 55-54 midway through the period.
Trailing 60-56, Preonda Reese (Ft. Wayne, IN/Northrop) sparked a Warrior comeback with a big three from the corner. The bucket started a streak of eight unanswered points which gave Tech a lead they would not surrender.
With the Crusaders clawing their way back into the game, Richmond converted an old-fashioned three point play to keep Tech ahead by five, 71-66, with just over a minute remaining.
Following a pair of MU free throws, Kruse hit a clutch jumper in the paint and after a defensive stop, Carradine knocked down two shots from the charity stripe to help seal the win.
The Warriors held Madonna to just 3-for-18 shooting from three-point range while connecting on 8-of-20 themselves. Tech also had a big advantage on the glass, pulling down 46 compared to MU’s 28.
Kruse finished with a game-high 28 points and Richmond, who is closing in on the 1,000 career point plateau, added 22. Carradine notched her fourth double-double of the season hauling in 13 boards to go along with 11 points while Kaneisha Bass (Detroit, MI/Lincoln Trail) also chipped in 11 points.
Indiana Tech will look to continue its climb up the conference standings when they travel to WHAC newcomer Lawrence Tech on Saturday, Jan. 19. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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