The Wayne State women's basketball team (5-10, 2-6 GLIAC) took the Michigan Tech Huskies down to the final shot; but a late three-pointer by freshman guard Nastassja Chambers went off target with two seconds left, allowing the GLIAC’s second-place Huskies to escape with a 66-64 win at Matthaei on Jan. 12.
WSU’s first points of the evening came from senior forward Christina Green with 7:26 left in the first quarter. Both defenses carried the first half for each team as the game was tied with 25 points at halftime.
The offenses for both teams started to heat up in the second half, as the game remained a tightly contested battle for the remainder of the half. Late in the fourth quarter, WSU held a 60-59 lead before a 5-0 Michigan Tech run gave the Huskies a 64-61 lead. A three-point play from WSU junior guard Shannon Wilson tied the game at 64 points before a late Michigan Tech basket from Morgan Anderson sealed the Huskies lead for good.
Green led the Warriors with 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Head coach Carrie Lohr said she believes that Green could be beginning to hit her stride.
“I think she's really starting to play like a senior,” said Lohr. “I'm hopeful that if we can get Tyesha Hood a little more comfortable, that will take a little weight off of Christina and allow her to attack the basket a little more.”
WSU sophomore guard India Hawkins added 13 points for the Warriors, but Coach Lohr thought her two-way stunts were just as important in this game.
“I thought today she had some confidence on offense, but she also defended better than I've ever seen her defend,” she said. “I thought that today she maximized her minutes. For her 20 minutes on the floor, I saw her competing [for] a full 20 minutes."
In a game that featured 15 ties, 12 lead changes and an almost identical stat sheet, the Warriors’ downfall was losing the rebounding battle 40-29, including being out-rebounded offensively 16-9.
“You can't let a good team come in and get 16 offensive rebounds. We can't have a guard come in off the bench and grab six offensive rebounds,” Lohr said.
With the loss, the Warriors fall to 5-10 on the season, and 2-6 in the GLIAC. The Warriors return to action at Matthaei Jan. 14 vs Northern Michigan University at 1 p.m.