Kruse Nears Milestone in @INTechWBB's 62-96 Loss to No. 2 Davenport


February 15, 2014

RESULTS | GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rachael Kruse stands five points away from 1,000 in her career after finishing with a team-high 17 points for the Indiana Tech women’s basketball team in a 96-62 loss to second-ranked Davenport University at the DU Student Center on Saturday.

The game didn’t start well for the Warriors (16-12, 13-7) as Tiesha Stokes scored the first of her game-high 22 points to give the Panthers (26-1, 19-1) a 2-0 lead and was the first of DU’s 11 straight points to open the contest. Ulyssia Richmond put Tech on the board with a three at the 15:50 mark, but the Warriors didn’t have an answer for Stokes who finished the half with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field.

The Orange and Black just couldn’t get the offense on track, trailing 52-23 at the break as the Panthers outscored the Warriors 24-8 in the paint, 17-1 in points off turnovers and 29-2 in bench points. Tech made 13 turnovers in the half while forcing just four.

Tech was able to get the lead to 29 several times in the second half, but it was all Davenport as the Warriors weren’t able to dig out of the large halftime deficit. The Warriors were only outscored by five in the second half, 44-39, while outscoring DU 14-12 in the paint in the period and 11-4 in second chance points

Davenport won on the glass, 45-39, while neither team had a player record double-digit rebounds in the game. The Warriors finished the game 21-for-61 (34.4%) from the field and 7-for-14 (50%) from three while converting 13-of-19 (68.4%) free throws. At the other end of the court, the home team was 33-for-67 (49.3%) from the floor and 12-for-28 (42.9%) from behind the arc while also converting 18-of-28 (64.3%) free throws in the game.

Kruse paced the team with 17 points while Richmond finished with 14 and Rayana Villalpando added 12. Taylor Carver led the Warriors on the boards, grabbing eight rebounds to go with her six points.

Stokes was the story as the Panthers star scored 22 points on 10-of-10 shooting and a 2-for-2 mark from the charity stripe.

The Warriors hit the road for the final time in the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 19 when they travel to Detroit, Mich. to face the Mustangs of Marygrove College at 5:30 p.m.

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