UNIVERSITY?CENTER, Mich. - The formula for the Michigan Tech women's basketball team is clear. With the way Sam Hoyt and Emma Veach are playing night in-and-out right now, the Huskies will have a chance to win any game with that duo on the floor.
Whether they can push the final score in their favor, however, depends on the support the seniors receive from the rest of their teammates. In the devastating 55-53 loss to Wayne State Thursday, the non-Hoyt and Veach Huskies shot 6-of-34 (17 percent) to hamstring a 27-point second half showing from Hoyt.
In Saturday's dominating 72-46 win over Saginaw Valley, Tech received double-digit scoring from posts Kylie Moxley and Emily Harrison while Jillian Ritchie and Michelle Gaedke combined for 14 assists.
"This game was a glaring reality of exactly what we need," Tech coach Kim Cameron said in a phone interview. "We were missing it on Thursday and we had it (Saturday). It is what we need them to do in order to win. It was the way that we should play, the way we expect ourselves to play all the time. There is no time for off days right now."
Tech came out firing to take an eight-point lead in the first six minutes and kept its foot on the gas from there. The Huskies led 36-17 at halftime and finished the game with 24 assists on 30 made baskets and 10-of-20 three-pointers as everyone got involved offensively.
"The ball movement was unbelievable," Cameron said. "The consistency of it was phenomenal. We had a stretch in first half when Jillian Ritchie had three of four assists on four straight possessions."
The Huskies now trail Wayne State by 1 1/2 games in the North Division with three left to play for Tech and four for the Warriors.
"It was a bounce back, it was good that we recovered that way," Cameron said. "Emotionally it was important for us to come out and play the way that we did."