FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) – The No. 22-ranked Indiana Tech women’s basketball team notched their 29th straight victory Tuesday evening as they defeated the University of Saint Francis, 64-60, inside the Hutzell Athletic Center.
Erika Foy led the Warriors with team-high 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Emma Tuominen had a season-high 15 points off the bench.
Taya Andrews had 14 points and three rebounds while Alexis Hill had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Cougars held their upper hand early as they got out to a 12-5 lead, but the Warriors came roaring back with a 10-3 spurt over the last four minutes of the quarter to knot the game up at 15.
Saint Francis started the second quarter on a 7-0 spurt and held Tech off the scoreboard until the 4:14 mark of the period.
A bucket from Andrews snapped the drought, which extended back to the 1:44 mark of the first.
A 5-1 run from the Orange and Black brought them within a single possession at the half, trailing 25-22.
The hosts continued to hold on to their advantage through the early part of the third quarter, but the Warriors used a 13-5 run, powered by six points from Hill, to take a 35-34 lead at the 2:47 mark.
USF held Tech off the scoreboard for the final 2:24 of the quarter though and went on a 6-0 run to take a 40-35 lead.
The Warriors found their rhythm in the fourth quarter thanks to a 15-0 run to put the visitors up 50-42 with 5:14 to play.
Andrews, Foy and Whitaker contributed four points each during the spurt.
The Cougars responded with a 6-0 run to make it a 50-48 game, but Tech countered with buckets from Andrews and Whitaker to make it 55-48.
USF cut the deficit back down to two points twice in the final 20 seconds of the game, but the Orange and Black held strong down the stretch thanks to a basket from Tuominen and a pair of free throws from Andrews with two seconds left to make it 64-60 and close the door on the Cougars.
Tech (10-0) returns to action on Saturday as they host Indiana University Northwest. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from the Schaefer Center as they look for their 30th straight win.