Michigan Tech heats up from outside
Huskies use 20-0 run to break away, drain 11 from beyond arc
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- No. 3-ranked Michigan Tech found its outside shooting touch in time to drop in 11 3-pointers in a 70-51 victory against Drury in the NCAA Women's Basketball Midwest Regional semifinal. Sam Hoyt scored a career- and game-high 22 points to lead the Huskies (28-2) into the NCAA Regional title game for the third consecutive season.
"I thought this game was an amazing display of what we can do," said head coach Kim Cameron. "We moved the ball well, we rebounded and we hit outside shots. We also had a very good defensive game against a team that can really score."
Hoyt's career night included an 8-of-11 performance from the floor and a 6-of-8 mark from 3-point range. She also dished out five assists with just one turnover.
Tech pounced on the Panthers (20-10) early with second-chance baskets. The Huskies converted four offensive rebounds into eight points and a 23-11 lead by the 11-minute mark. The margin grew to as many as 20 in the opening half as Hoyt drained two threes and Krista Kasuboski added another with 3:19 showing.
The score at halftime was 40-25.
Drury made a push early in the second half to close within 43-35. The Huskies answered with a 20-0 run. During the spurt, seven different players had points including six from Hoyt and four from Lynn Giesler. The Black and Gold cruised to their 15th consecutive victory from there.
Tech dominated the boards with a 40-27 advantage including 13 on the offensive end. Those turned into 20 second chance points.
Eleven 3-pointers (on 23 attempts) ignited the home crowd of 1,765 at the SDC Gym.
Michigan Tech shot just five free throws in the game, but made good on 47 percent of its shots. The Huskies took 12 more attempts at the basket and held the Panthers to 40 percent shooting, which added up to a good night.
Giesler joined Hoyt as the only other Husky in double figures. She scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in just 16 minutes of action. Four other reserves had points as the Black and Gold piled up a 24-6 advantage in points from the bench.
Lindsey Lindstrom's defense held DU's top scorer, Bethanie Funderburk, to just seven (nine under her average). Ja'Nell Jones posted a team-high 20 for the Panthers in her final game.
Michigan Tech moves into the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year and will face No. 3-seeded UW-Parkside in the championship Monday. UWP defeated No. 2 seed Quincy in the day's first semifinal to reach its first regional title game.