NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Michigan Tech women's basketball team has proven early this season it has the potential to perform at an elite level offensively and defensively, albeit inconsistently.
Saturday's 80-54 victory at Walsh is what it looks like when both elements come together at the same time.
"I was thrilled actually," Tech coach Kim Cameron said in a phone interview with the Daily Mining Gazette. "We got better as a team, and that's the most important thing that can happen right now. You have to continue to get better and we did. That is all you can hope for."
Walsh shot 27 percent as a team, 28 percent from three and turned the ball over 15 times.
It marked the third straight game the Huskies held their opponent under 60 points. Tech has won three straight and opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a 2-0 record.
"I think we had a want to really show Walsh what our defense was all about," Cameron said. "We took away their post play, which was incredibly important. We challenged our girls and they responded to that challenge."
While the Black and Gold got points from 11 different players, it was the explosive scoring of Taylor Stippel that stood out.
The junior forward poured in 19 points (9-of-14 shooting) in just 20 minutes of game action as Cameron substituted liberally with the large lead.
"I was so proud of her because she missed her first two shots and we have been challenging her to keep shooting when that happens," Cameron said. "If she misses an outside shot, then go get a layup. We need her to score."