Feb. 9, 2013
HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team could not hang on to its first-half lead as it fell to Michigan Tech, 69-58, on Saturday afternoon at SDC Gymnasium. The Lakers return to the friendly confines of GVSU Fieldhouse Arena on Thursday, Feb. 14 to face Lake Superior State at 8 p.m.
GVSU drop to 15-6 on the season, while falling to 11-6 in GLIAC action, but retains its third-place standing in the North Division. Michigan Tech improves 13-4 in league play and 15-6 overall to remain in second place in the division.
Michigan Tech held the lead in the opening minutes of the game, but GVSU tied the score at 7-7 and then jumped out in front, 11-10 at with 11:19 on the clock on sophomore Kat LaPrairie's jumper. The Lakers extended their advantage to 23-15 on a 12-5 run capped by a LaPraire triple with 5:31 on the clock.
The Huskies did not allow a GVSU basket for more than three minutes, going on a 10-2 stretch of their own, to tie the game at 25-25. Senior Kellie Watson hit a pair of free throws to give the lead back to the Lakers which it would hold on to, taking a 31-30 lead into the locker room.
GVSU was unable to hang on to its lead as Michigan Tech came out of the break firing on all cylinders. The Huskies jumped out to a 47-39 lead by the 12:48 mark much in part to nine points from Sam Hoyt who finished with a game-high 23 points.
Senior Alex Stelfox, Watson and LaPrairie each hit a basket to close the gap to six, 49-43, with 9:20 to play, but a three-pointer from Jillian Ritchie sparked a 10-2 Huskies' run. MTU took its biggest lead during the stretch, 57-43, at the 7:06 mark.
Michigan Tech kept its distance over the next seven minutes, holding on to a double-digit lead. GVSU held the Huskies without a field goal for the last six minutes, but Michigan Tech went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe down the stretch to take the game.
Senior Briauna Taylor led the Lakers for the second straight game and 14th time this season, with 17 points, going 6-for-18 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. LaPrairie added 12 points, while junior Dani Crandall chipped in 11. Stelfox had nine points, while also pulling down a game-high eight rebounds. Watson grabbed seven boards helping GVSU outrebounded Michigan Tech, 35-31.
Grand Valley State went 21-of-54 from the field for a 38.9 percent clip, while Michigan Tech was 21-of-50 for 42 percent shooting. A large difference in the game was the Huskies' ability to hit the three-pointer as MTU landed 10 triples to the Lakers' four.
Both teams had 13 turnovers, but Michigan Tech was able to score 16 points off the Lakers' miscues, while GVSU totaled just six. The Huskies also held a slight advantage from the free throw line, hitting 77 percent of their shots on 17-of-22, while the Lakers were 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the stripe.
Emma Veach was just two points behind Hoyt's 23 as she chipped in 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Veach fired half of the Huskies' trifectas with five. Ritchie finished with 12 points.