FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid on Wednesday with a 71-54 victory over Northwestern Ohio at the Schafer Center.
The Warriors were led by the backcourt duo of Taylor Seiss and Haley Cook, who combined for 45 points on the night. Siess had a game-high 23 points and hit seven three-pointers, while Cook added 22 points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists. The frontcourt pair of Taylor Carver and Kendall Knapke led the way on the glass for Tech, with the Carver grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds while Knapke pulled down a career-high 15 boards. The senior from Woodburn, Indiana chipped in eight points while the freshman from Heritage High School added six points, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Rayana Villalpando had five points and five assists.
The two sides battled back-and-forth in the first quarter, with five lead changes and two ties in the opening 10 minutes as the period ended in a 12-12 tie. The second quarter saw the Racers get out on an 11-7 spurt, but back-to-back three pointers from Baylee Rinehart and Knapke gave Tech a 25-21 lead with 1:45 left in the half, and a shot at the buzzer from Villalpando gave the Orange and Black a 27-25 lead at halftime.
An 8-2 run from Tech to open the second half, including back-to-back three-pointers from Seiss and Cook, gave the Warriors a 35-27 lead just over 2:10 into the third period. Seiss would then back-to-back three-pointers in the three-minute mark to push Tech’s lead to 12.
The Orange and Black opened the final 10 minutes with a 10-0 to push their lead to 20 points, with Knapke and Seiss each connecting from long range again as they kept the Racers at bay and stayed even with Madonna for fourth place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).
Tech (11-8, 7-4 WHAC) hits the road for a quick two-game trip on Saturday as they head to Michigan-Dearborn for a 1 p.m. matchup with the Wolverines.