Jan. 3, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team led from start to finish as the Lakers defeated GLIAC foe Walsh, 84-52, on Thursday evening at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
With the win, GVSU improves to 9-2 on the season and 5-2 in GLIAC action, while conference newcomer Walsh falls to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in league play. The Lakers host another new GLIAC member as Malone visits Allendale on Saturday at 3 p.m.
It was a team effort in the season-high-tying point total for the Lakers as five players notched double-digit totals. GVSU also dished out a season-high 23 assists on its 29 baskets led by junior Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.) with a career-high six helpers.
Senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) topped the team for the sixth time this season with 18 points going 6-of-12 from the floor. The forward also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes of work.
Classmate Alex Stelfox (Bowie, Md.) and sophomore Daina Grazulis (Marquette, Mich.) joined Taylor in double figures with 12 points each. Grazulis notched her season-high on 3-of-8 shooting and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Stelfox went 6-for-8 from the floor, while tallying five rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Sophomore Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) had 11 points, including three buckets from behind the arc, while Watson recorded 10 points.
The Lakers opened up the game on a 6-0 run before Walsh came back and tied the game at 6-6 with 16:55 on the clock, but it would be the only knotted score. A jumper from Taylor sparked a 15-2 run over the next six minutes to lead 21-8 at the 10:05 mark.
Walsh’s Tracy Payne notched 11 of her 16 first-half points over the next seven minutes to pull the Cavaliers within single digits twice, the final time, 33-24, with less than four minutes in the half. GVSU would push the lead back to double figures, taking a 41-27 lead into the break.
Out of the locker room, the Cavaliers were to close in on GVSU again, 47-38, with 15:57 on the clock. Taylor again sparked a 12-0 run to push the Lakers’ lead to 59-38 at the 10:46 mark and never looked back.
For the game, GVSU shot 46 percent from the floor on 29-of-63 shooting. The Lakers also hit a season-high 10 three-pointers including three from LaPrairie and two from Watson and junior Breanna Kellogg (DeWitt, Mich.). GVSU owned a 46-34 edge off the board, while scoring 15 second chance points to the Cavaliers’ three.
Walsh was 21-of-62 from the floor for 33.9 percent shooting, while also being limited from long range going 3-for-9. Payne notched a game-high 23 points, 10 above her season average, but she was the only Walsh player to hit double digits.
Every healthy player on the Laker roster saw time on the floor in GVSU’s seventh double-digit win of the year.