Jan. 24, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team led from start to finish as it held Saginaw Valley State to just 14 total field goals on the night to win, 74-48, on Thursday evening in the Battle of the Valleys at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
With the win the Lakers improve to 9-4 in GLIAC play, while moving to 13-4 on the season. SVSU falls to 6-10 overall and 4-8 in league action. GVSU now takes to the road for its next four games beginning at Wayne State on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Sophomore Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) tallied a team-high 14 points on 6-of-12 from the floor and 2-for-4 behind the arc. Seniors Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) and Alex Stelfox (Bowie, Md.) each contributed 10 points, while Taylor had six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Grand Valley State raced out to a 22-9 at the 9:38 mark aided by four three-pointers. The Lakers limited SVSU to just four free throws over the next five minutes, while pulling ahead, 37-13 with five to play in the first half.
Back-to-back baskets from Danielle Carriere stopped the scoreless stretch, but the Lakers pulled back out in front, 44-20, before a final basket by the Cardinals to end the half made it a 44-22 game heading into the half. The 44 points were a season-high first-half point total for the Lakers.
The Lakers limited Saginaw Valley to just six field goals in the second half, while racking up a 60-31 lead by the 10-minute mark.
GVSU shot 46.8 percent from the floor on 29-of-62, while matching a season-high with 10 three-pointers. The Lakers dished out 20 assists on its 29 baskets, while recording just 11 turnovers on the night. Along with Taylor, senior Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.) matched a season-high with six assists while also tallying a team-best four blocks.
Sophomore Daina Grazulis (Marquette, Mich.) contributed eight points of the bench, while junior Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) also chipped in eight. Freshman Jammie Botruff (Gladstone, Mich.) had a season-high six points and three rebounds.
SVSU shot just 28.6 percent (14-49), but went 5-for-12 from behind the arc. The Cardinals held a slight 38-37 edge off the glass. Katelyn Carriere and Paige Wright each had 10 points for SVSU. The team's top scorer, Emily Wendling, was held to just six points, 11 under her season average of 15.8 per game.
Grand Valley State's game at Wayne State on Saturday will air on XFINITY channel 900 following the men's game at approximately 3:40 p.m.