CANTON, Ohio - The Michigan Tech women played pretty in their first two games of the season, averaging 86 points, but came out with just one win to show for it.
The most recent two contests have taken a more sluggish feel, with the Huskies winning a defensive battle at Wisconsin-Parkside last Saturday and again Thursday night 68-56 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener at Malone despite turning the ball over 21 times.
While Tech head coach Kim Cameron likes that the team has recovered from its sieve-like opening, she would prefer to better consolidate the two styles.
"This game didn't come easy," Cameron said in a phone interview with the Daily Mining Gazette Thursday night. "It felt like we were fighting ourselves the whole time.
"To have 21 turnovers, obviously you are lucky to get a win.
"All that said, we got a win after a long road trip."
The Huskies got away with the sloppy offensive performance thanks to a return to their trademark defending.
Malone shot 32 percent for the game -and managed just 0.79 points per possession - while only scoring 23 points in the second half.
The Pioneers missed on 13-of-17 threes. Over the past two games, Tech has held its opponents to 16 percent shooting beyond the arc on 31 attempts.
"We still have some things to shore up but holding them to 56 is great," Cameron said. "Our goal is to be the top defensive team. Period."
With second leading scorer Taylor Stippel in foul trouble - and eventually fouling out - freshman Kylie Moxley submitted her finest performance to date with 14 points (on eight shots) and eight rebounds.
Most impressively, six of the rebounds came off the offensive glass.
"She just pounded the boards," Cameron said. "We asked for a post player who wanted to get on the block and be tough around the basket and she made it very obvious she wanted to do that."
The Huskies will play Saturday at Walsh, which lost to Northern Michigan 58-57 Thursday night.