Lakers Fall to Northwood, 74-65
Senior Briauna Taylor led the Lakers for the seventh straight game with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Senior Briauna Taylor led the Lakers for the seventh straight game with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Jan. 19, 2013

Box Score

ALLENDALE, Mich. - Despite holding Northwood to just 36 percent shooting, the Grand Valley State women's basketball team could not overcome a 32-for-39 outing from the free throw line as the Lakers fell, 74-65, to the Timberwolves on Saturday evening at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.

The loss snaps a three-game win streak and moves GVSU to 12-4 overall and 8-4 in GLIAC play to drop into fourth place in the North Division. Northwood evens its record to 9-9 on the year and 7-5 in league action.

The game saw three ties before Northwood opened a 7-0 run to lead 15-8 at the 11:31 mark. Grand Valley State pulled to within three, 15-12, thanks to baskets from senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) and junior Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.), but the Timberwolves went on another run over the next four minutes to hold a 21-14 advantage.

A three-pointer from junior Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.) was the last field goal scored for more than five minutes from either team. Crandall hit a free throw and a pair from Northwood would be the only additions to the score until a jumper from Janell Smith made it a 25-18 game in the Timberwolves favor.

Sophomore Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) hit a long-range shot to close the gap to two, but a free throw from Northwood made it a three-point game again. LaPrairie then hit another three-pointer to tie the score at 26-26 heading into halftime.

GVSU held a one to five point lead over the opening five minutes of the second stanza before Gabrielle Rivette hit a pair of free throws and a field goal to spark an 18-4 run that lasted for five minutes giving Northwood a 60-47 lead at the 6:58 mark.

Taylor converted a three-point play to stop the scoreless stretch for GVSU, but Northwood continued to extend its lead, going 10-for-12 from the charity stripe in the last four minutes to take the game.



Leading the team for the seventh straight contest, Taylor scored eight of her team-high 20 points in the final four minutes. She also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists in 35 minutes of work.

LaPrairie tallied 15 points, shooting 6-for-15 from the field and 3-of-10 from three-point range. Crandall joined in double figures with 13 points, while also tallying eight boards and four assists.

Grand Valley State held Northwood to 36 percent shooting on 20-of-55, but the Timberwolves went 12-for-24 in the second half. The Lakers shot 40.3 percent on 25-of-62 from the floor. The difference in the game came from the free throw line as Northwood was 32-of-39, while GVSU was just 10-for-14 from the stripe.

Northwood had four players record double figure points with Rivette holding a team-high 21 points. Smith had 12 points, while Aleigha Wylie and Jordyn Nurenberg notched 11 and 10, respectively. Nurenberg was one rebound short of a double-double as the Timberwolves held a 39-33 edge off the glass.

GVSU looks to bounce back in its final home contest of January when it hosts Saginaw Valley State on January 24 at 8 p.m. The Cardinals are 4-7 in the GLIAC and 6-9 overall.

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