Jan. 26, 2013
DETROIT, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team fell to Wayne State, 72-59, on Saturday afternoon in Detroit, Mich. at the Matthaei Center.
The Lakers fall to 13-5 on the year and 9-5 in GLIAC play to sit in fourth place in the North Division. Sitting in second place, Wayne State improves to 10-3 in conference action and 12-5 on the year.
Senior Briauna Taylor tallied a team-high 24 points along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior Dani Crandall was second on the team with 14 points, a team-high eight rebounds and three steals. Both Lakers missed just one of their free throws with Taylor going 6-for-7 and Crandall hitting 7-of-8 from the line.
Wayne State jumped out to a 12-5 lead at the 13:38 mark in the first half. GVSU battled back going on a 9-3 run to pull within, 15-14, with 10:10 on the clock. Wayne State then stretched its lead over the next seven minutes to double-digits, taking a 32-20 advantage into the locker room.
GVSU was limited to just seven first-half field goals, shooting just 25 percent from the floor (7-of-28). Wayne State did not fair much better, hitting nine baskets from the field, including four long balls and a 10-for-14 outing from the charity stripe to take a 12-point lead in halftime.
The Warriors continued their strong play out of the break on a 19-8 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 51-28, at the 11:37 mark. Despite shooting 41 percent (12-29) in the second stanza, the Lakers were unable to make a run as Wayne State took the game.
Grand Valley State forced 20 turnovers, but were only able to score 11 points off the Warriors' miscues, while Wayne State scored 21 points off the Lakers' 14 turnovers.
The Lakers shot 19-of-57 (33 percent) from the field and were limited to just 2-of-14 from long range. Wayne State went 20-of-50 from the floor to shoot 40 percent, while going 6-for-8 from behind the arc. For the game, Wayne State was 26-of-39 (66 percent) from the free throw line, while GVSU was almost perfect going 19-for-21 from the charity stripe.
Four Warriors scored in double figures with Talisha Bridges hitting a team-high 14 points. Phaebre Colbert had 13 points, while Brittany Streetman chipped in 11. Juanita Cochran closed out the double-digit scoring with 10 points and just missing a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds.
GVSU looks to get back to its winning ways when it takes a short trip to Ferris State on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 3 3 p.m. in Big Rapids, Mich.