FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2013
RESULTS | ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With four players scoring in double-figures, the Indiana Tech women’s basketball team got their first win at Concordia University since 2006, defeating the Cardinals 85-79 at the Concordia Gymnasium.
The Warriors (7-4, 4-1) continued to played well in the first half on Wednesday night, jumping out to an early 12-point, 16-4, lead with 13:16 left in the period. A 13-4 run by the Cardinals (3-6, 1-4) cut the Tech lead to three, 17-20, however, the Warriors found their shot again, using an 18-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 15-point lead, 38-23 with 2:23 to play in the half. A Concordia 8-2 run to close the half left the Warriors with a nine point lead at the break, 40-31.
Both teams committed six turnovers in the period with the Orange and Black finishing the period 17-for-36 (47.2%) from the field while also going 6-for-7 (85.7%) from the free throw line. The Tech defense limited the Cardinals to an 8-for-34 (23.5%) mark from the floor while sinking all 13 free throws in the half. Chelsea Carradine finished the half with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead all players.
The Orange and Black stretched the lead back to double digits, taking an 11-point, 49-38 lead early in the second half. Over the next four minutes, CU went on a 15-4 run to tie the score at 53 with 12:05 left in the contest. A Ulyssia Richmond three-pointer ended the run, with Rachael Kruse sinking two more consecutively to extend the lead to nine, 62-53. After another run and trading baskets, Concordia cut the lead to two, 74-74, with 2:38 left to play. Kruse sank another three from the corner with 56 seconds to play, increasing the lead to seven, 79-72, sealing the win.
The Cardinals committed 17 turnovers in the second half to just 10 for the Warriors and shot just 37.1 percent (23-for-62) from the floor while Tech shot 45.7 percent (32-for-70) from the field. The difference in the second half was at the charity stripe where Concordia was 29-for-33 while Tech converted 16-of-21 in the period.
“Our bench came up big tonight,” stated Warriors Head Coach Jessie Biggs. “They didn’t score many points, but they kept us in the game with solid defense. We hit some big shots down the stretch and Kruse’s three from the corner was a big-time shot. Rayana was also great at the point, playing all 40 minutes tonight.”
Carradine finished the contest with her second consecutive double-double and fourth in the last five contests, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Kruse finished with a team-high 24 points while Richmond added 13 and Sabine Filippovica finished with 10.
Brooke Adams led all scorers with 35 points while Becca Pool added 17 points and 11 boards.
The Warriors return to the Schaefer Center for their next contest on Saturday, Dec. 7 when they host Siena Heights at 4 p.m.