Richmond, Kruse, Carrdine Lead @INTechWBB past Cornerstone, 79-68


February 12, 2014

RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Led by 26 points from Ulyssia Richmond, the Indiana Tech women’s basketball team upset 24th-ranked Cornerstone, 79-68, at the Schaefer Center on Wednesday night. The “pink-out” game victory ties the Warriors with the Golden Eagles for third place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Things started well for the Warriors (16-11, 13-6) as they opened the contest on an 11-4 run to take an early seven-point lead with Chelsea Carradine and Richmond combining for nine of the 11 points. A 4-0 run by the Golden Eagles (18-8, 13-6) cut the lead to three before Tech used a 17-9 run, thanks to three three-pointers by Richmond, to push the lead to 11, 28-17 at the 7:18 mark. Another surge by Cornerstone cut the lead to two, 32-30 with just 18 seconds to play, but Richmond was able to bank a shot from the free throw line just before the buzzer for a four-point, 34-30, halftime lead.

Richmond, who scored 26 points the first time these two teams met, had 20 first half points on 8-of-10 shooting including a 4-for-4 mark from three while Carradine led the team with five rebounds. Jill Hendrickson paced the Golden Eagles with 14 points and six boards. The Orange and Black outrebounded CU 19-18 in the period.

It was a back-and-forth start to the second half as the two teams traded baskets before a 4-0 run by CU cut the lead to two, 38-36. The Warriors were able to push the lead as high as five points over the next several minutes until a Jill Steenwyk three at the 9:37 mark made the score 51-49. A Richmond jumper pushed the lead back to four and sparked an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 10 points, 59-49. With the lead down to nine, 61-52 with 6:05 left, Rachael Kruse hit a three, thre first in a string of 11 straight points by the senior, helping to extend the lead to 13, 74-61, with 2:01 to play. Tech converted 5-of-7 free throws in the final minute to seal the 11-point, 79-68 win.

The Orange and Black finished the contest 31-for-62 (50%) from the field, 8-for-16 (50%) from three and 9-for-12 (75%) from the charity stripe while the defense limited the Golden Eagles to 39.1 percent (25-for-64) shooting including a 29.4 percent (5-for-17) mark from behind the arc while CU went 13-for-17 (76.5%) from the line.

Richmond finished the contest with 26 points while Kruse netted 21 and is now just 22 points shy of 1,000 points in her two-year career. Carradine finished the contest with her 15th double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 boards.

Jill Hendrickson paced Cornerstone with 19 points and 12 rebounds while three others also scored in double-figures.

The Warriors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they travel to Grand Rapids, Mich. to take on the second-ranked Panthers of Davenport at 1 p.m.

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