The Wayne State women's basketball team extended their winning streak to five games by beating No.12 ranked Michigan Tech 50-40 in Matthaei on Jan.18.
In the first quarter, sophomore guard Nastassja Chambers scored six of the Warriors' first eight points to start the game. Michigan Tech would outscore WSU 14-2 to finish the period to lead 14-10 after one quarter. In the second quarter, defense dominated the action as both teams combined to score just 12 points with the Warriors outscoring the Huskies 8-4 in the period to tie the game at 18 at the intermission.
While WSU struggled to score in the first half, Senior Guard Shannon Wilson said their defensive effort drew the team's attention at halftime.
"We just focused on not getting down on the shots, because we had played such good defense and we were still in the game despite the missed layups and not being able to capitalize on offense," Wilson said.
A triple by sophomore guard Alex Matus gave WSU the lead for good with 4:10 remaining in the period. The Warriors took a 33-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final period, after Michigan Tech cut the WSU lead to 40-37 with 4:57 remaining in the game, WSU outscored the Huskies 10-3 late in the win.
After the game, Head Coach Carrie Lohr said one of the things that came out of the game is that the Warriors can compete with the top teams in the league.
"If they continue to play the way they have been playing [in] the month of January, I really believe that we can play with and beat anybody, and we proved it tonight."
Lohr said that better ball movement and adjusting to the Huskies defense led to more offense after halftime.
"In the second half, the ball seemed to move a little better," she said. "I know we didn't blow it up on the scoreboard, but we got used to the pressure of them guarding us to the rim and I thought we did a good job of finishing through contact."
The Warriors were led by a game-high 22 points from Wilson and 16 points from Chambers.
With the win, WSU improved its record to 12-4 on the season and 7-3 in the GLIAC.
Lohr said, "I'm just really excited about the way that we've been playing and my job is to keep them hungry and keep them humble and keep moving it forward."
WSU will continue its four-game homestand Jan. 20 versus Northern Michigan.