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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:20 pm

Indiana Tech women lose in WHAC final

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Keanna Gary scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Indiana Tech and DeAnn Kauffman added 24, but it was not enough as a balanced Cornerstone attack executed a fourth-quarter comeback and won the WHAC Tournament title game, 72-69 on Tuesday at the Schaefer Center.

The Golden Eagles (18-14) won their first WHAC Tournament since 2009. As the No. 6 seed in the bracket, they were the lowest-seeded team to even make the final in nearly two decades. It was the first time in Indiana Tech's program history it reached the tournament final, but remains without a title after losing for just the fourth time this season.

Sydney Muller and Cass Vredevoogd scored 17 points apiece for the Golden Eagles, who overcame a 56-47 deficit with 9:15 to play. Kauffman scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to keep her team in it, but an inability to rebound late hurt the Warriors (29-4).

Indiana Tech was without WHAC Player of the Year Haley Cook, who suffered an ACL injury in the Warriors' semifinal win over fifth-seeded Concordia. The Warriors will learn their draw in the NAIA Division II Tournament tonight shortly after 7 p.m.