February 2, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – A cold shooting second half doomed the Indiana Tech women’s basketball team in a 72-62 loss to conference foe Lourdes University on Saturday afternoon in the Schaefer Center.
After hitting an impressive 56 percent of their shots in the first half, the Lady Warriors were held to just 28 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes helping the visiting Gray Wolves overcome a six point halftime deficit.
It was the third straight setback for Tech, slipping to 11-15 on the year and 9-9 in league play, while Lourdes climbed to 8-18 and 5-13 in the WHAC.
The contest began very tight, seeing six ties and six lead changes over the first ten minutes before Ulyssia Richmond (Temple Hills, MD/Riverdale Baptist) fueled an 8-0 run to put the Warriors in front for the rest of the half.
Chelsea Carradine (Redford, MI/Thurston) had a huge first half scoring 15 points to help give Tech a 39-33 lead at the break.
However, the Warriors would start the second half going 1-for-11 from the field watching their six point lead evaporate as Lourdes used a 13-4 run to jump ahead 46-43 at the 14:35 mark.
Rachael Kruse (Ft. Wayne, IN/Homestead) snapped the cold spell with back-to-back baskets, including a deep three-pointer, to retake the lead 48-46.
With the Warriors clinging to a one point lead midway through the half, the Gray Wolves went on another quick scoring spurt, scoring seven unanswered points to build a 58-52 advantage with 7:14 left on the clock. Kruse trimmed the deficit to one at the 3:00 mark, but that would be as close as Tech would get.
Lourdes responded to the Kruse basket with seven straight points to put the game out of reach.
Despite the poor second half shooting, the Warriors finished hitting 40 percent of their shots compared to Lourdes’ 35 percent. Tech also held an edge in rebounding, but the Gray Wolves forced 24 turnovers and turned those into 38 points.
Kruse had 19 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists to pace the Warriors. Carradine followed with 15 points and seven boards and Preonda Reese (Ft. Wayne, IN/Northrop) matched her season-high with nine points. Reese also added six rebounds and six assists.
The Warriors are back on the hardwood on Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they travel to Detroit, Michigan for a conference clash with WHAC newcomer Marygrove College.
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