FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2014
Written by: Tressa Garty | Edited by: Zachary Shore
RESULTS | GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Despite Chelsea Carradine’s 13th double-double of the season the Indiana Tech Women’s Basketball team suffered a heartbreaking, three point loss, 85-82, to Aquinas on Monday at Sturrus SFC.
Much like the first time the two teams met, in which Tech won by 19 points, the Warriors (13-11,10-6) were able to take an early lead, scoring the first five points of the contest thanks to a Carradine jumper and a Kiley Camp three. After trading baskets, Marisa Marx was able to capitalize for the Saints on a three-pointer just seven minutes in the contest which gave the home team the lead. Simone Russell was able to grab a defensive rebound, and then found Rachael Kruse who was able to sink a jumper for the Warriors, taking back the lead, 19-18. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long as the Saints used a 5-0 run to regain the lead which they held for eight minutes until a Carradine jumper put the Warriors ahead one, 30-29, with 2:13 left in the half. The two teams traded free throws to tie the score at 31, however, jumpers by Kruse and Ulyssia Richmond just before the half gave Tech the 35-31 lead at the break.
In the first half the Warriors shot 39.4 percent (13-for-33) from the field, 20 percent (2-for-10) from behind the arc, and 7-for-12 from the charity stripe. Indiana Tech outrebounded Aquinas 29-22 in the half but still trailed 8-0 in paint points and 12-3 in points off turnovers. The Saints shot 36.1 percent (13-for-36) from the floor, 18.2 percent (2-for-11) from three and were 3-for 10 from the line.
Two Carradine free throws started the second half, increasing the lead to six, 37-31. After a Taelor Sanders three cut the lead to three, 37-34, the Warriors went on a 13-4 run to take a 12-point, 50-38 lead with 15:19 to play. The Saints didn’t fold though, slowly chipping away at the lead and outscoring the Warriors 36-24 over the next 12:19 to tie the score at 74 with three minutes to play. A pair of Kruse free throws put Tech back on top, but Marx answered with another three to take back the lead for good. The Orange and Black got to within one point three times in the final three minutes, but couldn’t get the defensive stop the needed, eventually falling, 85-82.
The Warriors dominated in the paint in the second half, outscoring Aquinas 16-6, but points off turnovers was the difference again as the Saints held a 10-5 advantage. Tech finished the contest 45.3 percent (29-for-64) from the field and 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from three while also finishing 19-for-26 from the charity stripe. The defense limited Aquinas to 42 percent (29-for-69) shooting from the floor, but the Saints were 9-for-26 (34.6%) from behind the arc, helping to offset their 18-for-33 (54.5%) performance at the line.
Carradine finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Kruse added 19 points off the bench and Richmond tallied 10.
Sanders led all scorers with 25 points for the Saints while three others finished in double figures.
The Warriors are back on the court on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. when they return home to face Marygrove for Elementary night at the Schaefer Center.