COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michigan Tech women's basketball forwards Taylor Stippel, Kylie Moxley and Danielle Blake combined for 31 points on 14-of-24 shooting Thursday night as the Huskies dominated Ohio Dominican 78-51.
In other words, everything went according to plan.
Tech head coach Kim Cameron said before Thursday's contest she thought her team had an advantage inside, where seven of the top eight Panthers stood under 6-feet tall. The Huskies pressed their physical superiority early, finding Stippel in the post for eight of their first 10 points as Tech built an early lead.
"It was awesome," Cameron said in a phone interview with the Daily Mining Gazette. "The first couple plays we went inside and we wanted that to be a focal point of our day today. Each of our post players took pride and we really scored efficiently there."
With the Huskies leading 39-19 at halftime, Cameron was able to rest Stippel for 16 minutes in the second half and free the freshman Moxley to do her thing on the block.
Moxley posted 12 points (5-of-8 shooting) in 12 minutes as the Huskies offense continued to roll with reserves playing major minutes.
"Kylie is one tough (forward)," Cameron said. "She posts as hard as she can and screams for the basketball. We don't skip a beat inside with her in. She came in and was just so efficient."
With the offense chugging along at a solid 1.11 points per possession, Tech's defense was able to seal the victory by holding ODU to 34.6 percent shooting with 18 turnovers forced. The Huskies set a season high with 12 steals created.
"I thought that we did a good job having a hand in the passing lane," Cameron said. "Every time (Dominican) was fumbling with the ball we took advantage of them. .. We challenged the girls in practice to challenge themselves more to make it hard for a the ballhandler to get into the paint. I think that a couple of them took that to heart. We had controlled pressure."