WBB: Warriors Explode In WHAC Opener

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Led by a trio of newcomers, Taylor Seiss, Baylee Rinehart and Linsey Masnari, the Indiana Tech women’s basketball team set four program records in a 118-98 rout of Concordia to open Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play at the Schaefer Center on Thursday.

The Warriors (1-4, 1-0 WHAC) earned their first win of the season with a program record 118 points and 31 assists while freshmen Rinehart and Masnari each set records for points (29) and rebounds (19), respectively.

Tech got off to a slow start as the Cardinals (0-3, 0-1 WHAC) scored seven of the first nine points, but the Orange and Black answered with an 8-3 run to tie the score at 10 just three minutes into the contest. Over the next eight minutes, the two teams traded baskets, tying six times in that period with Masnari netting the score at 34 with 8:36 to play in the half.

The fast paced offense seemed to suit the Warriors who opened up an 11-point lead over the next three minutes with a 13-2 run. Tech couldn’t miss in the first half, converting 10-of-15 three-point attempts to take a 20-point, 68-48, advantage into the locker room. The Orange and Black shot 56.8 percent (21-for-37) from the field in the opening half while also draining 16-of-24 (66.7%) free throws. The defense limited the Cardinals to 35.2 percent (19-for-54) shooting and 7-for-28 (25%) from behind the arc.

Rinehart had a game-high 23 points at the break with Masnari tallying 22 to go with nine rebounds while Seiss finished the half 5-for-5 from long range and 2-for-2 from the line, for 17 points.

Tech continued its hot shooting in the second half as Concordia got as close at 14 points, but just couldn’t stop the Warriors and the hot hand of Seiss. The sophomore transfer from Fort Wayne, Ind. finished 9-of-11 from the field, 8-for-9 from behind the arc and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe for a game-high 30 points. Tech finished the game 39-for-72 (54.2%) from the field, 14-for-22 (63.6%) from the three-point arc and 26-for-44 (59.1%) from the free throw line.

Rinehart finished with 29 points and six rebounds while Masnari dominated the glass, pulling down 19 rebounds and tallying 27 points. Rayana Villalpando returned in a big way with 11 assists, while freshman Skyler Ortiz added seven and scored seven points.

Tech will look to carry this momentum into their next contest on Saturday, Nov. 15 when they welcome Lawrence Tech to the Schaefer Center for a 1 p.m. tip.

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