RV Trojans Drop Home-Opener to No. 14 Indiana Tech


UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 76-61, in its home-opener against No. 14 Indiana Tech on Wednesday inside Odle Arena.


The two squads traded baskets during the first 10 minutes, as neither team led by more than five, and the Warriors (1-0) ended the quarter with a 21-17 lead.


Haley Stratman nailed a three-pointer in the opening minute of the second period to pull Taylor within one, but Tech responded with an and-one to bump the lead back to four.


Shortly after, Kendall Bradbury added a bucket to cut the lead in half, making it 24-22 in favor of the Warriors with 7:11 left in the half. Indiana Tech once again responded, this time a three-pointer by Deann Kauffman.


Cassidy Wyse’s triple brought TU back to within three at the six-minute mark of the quarter, but Tech kept responding to each Taylor challenge and held a 35-28 lead at the intermission.


The Trojans made 10-of-30 (33.3 percent) from the field, while the visitors converted 14-of-31 (45.2 percent) of their shots in the first half.


Indiana Tech scored the first four points after halftime to take an 11-point lead after three minutes of action, but Taylor strung together a handful of shots to make it a 46-42 game with 3:39 left in the third quarter.


The Warriors then rattled off a nine-to-one run to push the lead to 12, and TU never cut the lead below nine the rest of the way, as Indiana Tech stifled the Trojans into 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from the field in the second half.


Wyse led the Trojan scoring with 17 points, while adding three rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Bradbury added her second double-double in as many games, with 16 points and a game-high 15 boards. Stratman and Abby Buchs each recorded nine points, while Buchs and Josie Cobb each grabbed five rebounds for the Purple and Gold.


RV Taylor (1-1) will return to the hardwood at Paul Patterson Court on Saturday, as the Trojans host Governors State (2-0) at 7:00 pm.