Feb. 7, 2013
MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team picked up a 67-56 at Northern Michigan at the Berry Events Center on Thursday evening. GVSU continues its Upper Penisula road trip against Michigan Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Houghton.
The Lakers improve to 15-5 on the season and 11-5 in GLIAC action to hold onto third place in the North Division. Northern Michigan drops to 8-8 in league action and 11-9 overall.
It was a slow start for both teams as Grnad Valley State held a slight 10-6 edge at the 7:44 mark. Northern Michigan battled back to take a 12-10 lead with 5:41 left in the first half.
GVSU then went on a 19-4 tear to close out the half started by back-to-back baskets from senior Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.). Three trifectas from sophomores Daina Grazulis (Marquetta, Mich.) and Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) and junior Breanna Kellogg (DeWitt, Mich.) helped send the Lakers to the locker room with a 29-16 halftime lead.
The Wildcats closed the gap to single digits five times over the opening seven minutes of the second stanza, to give the Lakers a slight 35-28 lead with 13:47 on the clock. GVSU then pushed its lead to 16, its biggest of the game, 52-36, on a triple from LaPrairie at the 7:55 mark.
Grand Valley State kept its distance throughout the second half, but an 11-4 run from Northern Michigan shrank the Lakers lead to 56-48 with three minutes left to play. GVSU was able to maintain its distance and pick up its 13th double digit victory of the season.
For the game, senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) paced the team with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting and a 3-for-4 outing from the line. The forward also picked up a team-high seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. LaPrairie had 13 points on 5-of-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from behind the arc. LaPrairie aided the Laker bench in outscoring its counterpart, 30-3, while Grazulis and Watson added eight and six points, respectively.
The Lakers shot an impressive 46 percent on 23-of-49 from the field and 6-for-13 from long range. Northern Michigan was limited to just 33 percent on 16-of-48 shooting.
Northern Michigan was led by Alyssa Colla's 22 points, while three other starters hit double digits. Anna Liewen had 11 points with seven coming from the free throw line. Lauren Gruber and Abbey DeBruin each added 10.