Carradine, @INTechWBB Hand Saints First Loss, 85-66


November 21, 2013

RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – After scoring a season-high 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds on Tuesday night, Chelsea Carradine poured in 24 points and grabbed a season-high 17 boards as the Indiana Tech women’s basketball team handed Aquinas its first loss of the season, 85-66 on Thursday night at the Schaefer Center.

It was a slow starting first half as neither team could find the bottom of the net for the first 2:30 of the contest, with a Sabine Filippovica free throw at the 18:29 mark the first basket of the game. The Saints then took a pair of three-point leads, stretching it to four, 14-10, at the 12:13 mark. The Warriors tied the contest at 17 and then went on a 16-2 run thanks to three 3-pointers by Ulyssia Richmond, stretching the lead to 14, 33-19. The Saints would get as close at nine over the final five minutes, with Tech pushing the lead to 15 at the half, 44-29.

The Warriors held a slim margin in the paint, 10-8, while dominating second chance points (10-4) and points off turnovers (18-9). The Orange and Black went 15-for-35 (42.9%) from the floor in the first half, including a 6-for-12 (50%) mark from behind the three-point arc. The Warriors were also 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the free throw line. The Saints finished the half 11-for-33 (33.3%) from the field while going 3-for-8 (37.5%) from three and a dismal 4-for-10 (40%) from the charity stripe.

The two teams traded baskets to start the second half, with the Warriors able to stretch the lead back to 18, 58-40, however, things began to go south for Tech. The Saints held the Orange and Black without a bucket over the next three minutes, using an 11-0 run to cut the lead to seven, 58-51 with 10:53 left in the half. Rayana Villalpando stopped the run with a jumper and after trading several baskets Tech Head Coach Jessie Biggs called a timeout and it worked as the Warriors outscored the Saints 22-14 the rest of the way, leading by as many as 22 in the half.

Tech turned the ball over 11 times in the second half leading to 21 Aquinas points, while the Warriors scored 11 points off of eight Saints miscues. The Warriors hot shooting continued in the second half, finishing 15-for-28 (53.6%) from the floor despite a 0-for-7 mark from long range. The defense stepped up late in the half, holding the Saints to a 14-for-36 (38.9%) mark from the floor and 3-for-11 (27.3%) from three. For the game, Tech outrebounded Aquinas 43-41 and finished 19-for-22 from the free throw line compared to a 10-for-19 mark for the Saints.

Rachael Kruse was the team’s second leading scorer in the contest, collecting 19 points while Ulyssia Richmond added 15 and Villalpando finished with 10.

Allison Heberlein and Taelor Sanders each finished with 13 points for the Saints with Sanders grabbing 10 boards.

The Warriors return to the court on Saturday, November 23 when they travel to Southfield, Mich. to face the Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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