Dominant First Half Sends #19 SHU Women Past Indiana Tech

Dominant First Half Sends #19 SHU Women Past Indiana Tech

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Morgan Warfield scored 14 points, leading a quintet of Siena Heights scorers in double-figures, as the 19th-ranked Saints' women's basketball team used a dominant first half to down Indiana Tech, 85-47, in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play on Wednesday at the SHU Fieldhouse. The result avenged SHU's 69-67 overtime loss at Indiana Tech on Dec. 7.

Grace Howrigon compiled 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Sierra Calhoun also chipped in 13 points for the Saints (17-6, 10-5), who enjoyed a first-half stretch in which they outscored the visiting Warriors, 15-5.

Najee Brazzle added 12 points, Alexxis Knannlein contributed 11 points and six rebounds, while Jennifer Jasinski hauled down 12 rebounds for Siena Heights.

Leading 8-7, the Saints exploded for 13 consecutive points -- nine by Howrigon -- and held the lead from there. The 13-point charge was just the beginning of SHU's 35-5 stretch. The Saints had other consecutive-point runs of 15 and 7 points in the first half.

Howrigon finished with 13 points in the opening period as SHU snagged a 43-14 halftime lead. Defensively, the Saints held Indiana Tech to 18.2 percent in the first (6 of 33).

SHU's smallest second-half lead was 27 points at 43-16 while its largest was 85-45 with 37 seconds remaining in the game. On the night, the Saints shot 32 of 69 from the field (46.4 percent), including 12 of 28 from 3-point territory (42.9 percent).

Sabine Filippovica led the Warriors (12-10, 9-5) with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Carradine added 11 points and eight rebounds while Rachael Kruse dished four assists.

The Saints will return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. WHAC game at Lawrence Tech.