Site: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Schaefer Center)
Score: Indiana Tech 79, Madonna 70
Records: MU (11-8, 7-5 WHAC), IT (8-12, 6-6 WHAC)
Next MU event: Saturday, Jan. 19 – vs. Concordia (Activities Center) – 1 p.m.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Madonna University women's basketball team had four players in double figures in Wednesday night's (Jan. 16) road game at Indiana Tech, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to the host Warriors 79-70 to open the second half of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference season for both sides at the Schaefer Center.
Senior forward Kaylee McGrath (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) led MU with 18 points while senior guard Shantelle Herring (Macomb, Mich. / Dakota) added 13 points to go along with 10 each form senior guard Michelle Lindsey (Bloomfield, Mich. / Marian Catholic) and sophomore guard Rachel Melcher (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Marian Catholic).
The opening half saw four ties, the final coming at 25-all, with 6:56 left. Tech went on an 8-0 run over the next 4:12 to take a 33-25 lead.
MU fell behind by as many as nine, 36-27, with 1:56 left in the half but closed the half on a 5-0 run with McGrath accounting for four of the points to trail by four, 36-32 at half.
McGrath hit a triple and Lindsey followed with a layup to put the Crusaders on top, 37-36, just 1:03 into the half but the Warriors responded with an 11-1 run to go back in front by 10, 48-38.
Down 10, 50-40, with 15:21 left in the game MU battled back, outscoring IT 17-4 over the next 5:58 to pull in front 57-54. Back-to-back baskets by McGrath and Melcher capped the run that put MU back on top. Melcher accounted for seven of the points herself during the run.
Tech whittled its deficit back down to just one, 60-59, before Rachel Kruse converted an old fashioned three-point play to put IT back in front by two, 62-60. The Warriors' lead grew to as many as nine as the Crusaders missed seven of their final eight shots from the floor in the 79-70 loss.
Kruse led all players with 28 points while Ulyssia Richmond added 20 for Tech. The Warriors shot 40 percent (8-for-20) from beyond the arc while the Crusaders connected at just a 16.7 percent clip (3-for-18).
The Crusaders return home to host No. 8-ranked Concordia on Saturday in the front half of a women's and men's double header. Tipoff at the Activities Center is set for 1 p.m.
Contact: Patrick Moore (734) 432-5834
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