DETROIT, Mich. -- Wednesday's (Nov. 28) WHAC home opener ended all-too-familiar for head coach Antonio Hitchcock and the Mustangs (1-6, 0-3 WHAC) as the team let a close game at halftime slip away in defeat.
The Blue Devils from Lawrence Tech (3-2, 2-1 WHAC) – playing in their first season as a program – used a strong defensive effort to turn a 26-22 halftime game into a 62-42 victory over the Mustangs.
The first half witnessed both teams battle to an even game in most statistical categories as field goal percentage, rebounds and turnovers – all key stats – were within range.
An even first half changed quickly after the halftime break as the Mustangs went cold from the field allowing the Blue Devils to pull away.
The difference in the game ultimately came down to the Blue Devils ability to knock down shots after playing defense. The Blue Devils outshot the Mustangs 53% to 28% in the second stanza.
Senior forward Keara Marks (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance) scored a team-high 17 points for the Mustangs. Marks chipped in 11 boards for another double-double. Fellow senior forward Jessica Niemi (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek) poured in 10 points and added eight rebounds. Ciara Moore (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern) added 11 points.
Before the conference home opener, Keara Marks was honored with a commemorative 1,000-point ball after recently becoming the program's third player to reach the milestone.
The Mustangs will remain home for their next WHAC contest when Cornerstone University visits at 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1).