On a roll: Huskies improve to 3-0 with win over MSU-Moorhead

Daily Mining Gazette/Dave Archambeau Michigan Tech’s Elizabeth Kelliher attempts a layup during a game against Minnesota State-Moorhead Friday at the Wood Gym.

HOUGHTON — According to Michigan Tech Huskies women’s basketball coach Sam Hoyt, Friday’s 59-48 win against Minnesota State-Moorehead Friday at the Wood Gym was not just a win. It was a huge victory.

“They (Moorehead) are a phenomenal team and by far our toughest competition so far this season,” said Hoyt, whose team moved to 3-0.

While the Huskies led the whole game, Hoyt admits it was not the team’s offense that won the game but rather their defense. The Huskies shot only 34.5 percent from the field.

“I’ve said many times to the girls that there are things we can control and things we cannot control in the course of a game,” she said. “We cannot control if our shots are going to go in, but we can control our energy, effort and communication on the defensive end and that is what we had tonight. I am proud of the girls for keeping that energy up because sometimes it hard to stay positive when your shots don’t fall.”

The Huskies had three players with double digit scores. Elizabeth Kelliher led the offense with 13 points. Cassidy Trotter followed with 11, and Ellie Mackay had 10 points and led the Huskies with three three-pointers.

“We executed our game plan well,” Hoyt said. “We limited their post play as much as we could.”

Their aggressive defense caused Moorehead to commit 23 turnovers.

“We did pick up the pressure a little bit tonight because we knew we would have to,” said Hoyt. “We wanted to deter their offensive vision and just play up in their face more.”

It worked as the Dragons were often faced with a last-second shot before the shot clock ran out.

“We work on that in practice using different scenarios, and it is a testament to how well our girls did early in the shot clock,” Hoyt said.

The Huskies will be back at home on Sunday as they face Minnesota State at 1 p.m.