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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The 2015 portion of the women’s basketball slate continued to be unkind as Marygrove fell to the host Indiana Tech Warriors by an 86-60 final in Fort Wayne on Wednesday (Jan. 21). The Mustangs (3-18, 1-12 WHAC) were within striking distance at halftime, down 10 points, but ultimately fell by the 26-point margin due to a 10-0 run start to the second stanza by the host Warriors (10-12, 9-5 WHAC).
From the beginning of Wednesday’s WHAC contest, senior guard Raeha Weaver (Battle Creek, Mich./Kellogg CC) set the tone with aggressive play. The gritty senior kept the Mustangs in the game early by taking the ball to the basket and drawing key fouls, allowing the Green and Gold to keep the Warrior lead to single digits for most of the opening half. Weaver amassed 11 first-half points to aid the Green and Gold, but it was junior guard Elisha Major (Flushing, Mich./Flushing High School) who caught fire in the opening frame to ignite the Mustangs offensive effort.
Major netted all 14 of her points in the first half Wednesday to lead all scorers through 20 minutes of play. The junior guard connected on 6-of-11 shots to heat up the Mustangs in only 11 minutes of action.
The efforts of Major and Weaver prevented the host Warriors from breaking the game open as the Mustangs trailed by a narrow 10-point, 46-36, deficit at the break.
The Warriors opened up the second half with a quick 10-0 burst to take a 56-36 lead with 15:35 remaining on the game clock. The half-opening run left the Mustangs staring up at a 20-point deficit.
Back-to-back jumpers by Kierra Jordan (Westland, Mich./John Glenn High School) and Micaiah King (Detroit, Mich./Wayne County CC) brought the Mustangs back to within 16 points, but the Warriors bounced back with another strong 11-1 run to lead by as many as 26 points in the latter frame.
The Warriors shot 47.1 percent on the night compared to the Mustangs 36.8 percent effort from the floor.
Weaver paced the Mustangs with a team-high 17 points while Major followed closely with 14 of her own. Junior guard Tiffany Bradford (Detroit, Mich./Dakota College) chipped in with nine points and six rebounds and Janeesa Jamierson (Battle Creek, Mich./Kellogg CC) chimed in with six points in 26 minutes of action.
Taylor Carver led all scorers with a game-high 18 points for Indiana Tech, adding 10 rebounds to notch the game’s only double-double.
The Mustangs return home to play host to Michigan-Dearborn Saturday (Jan. 24) at 1 p.m. Join Jeremy Otto Saturday as he brings you the action live on marygrovemustangs.com/live beginning at 12:50 p.m.
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Category: Women's Basketball