Feb. 14, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team had four players score in double figures as the Lakers led from start to finish en route to a 73-53 win against visiting Lake Superior State on Thursday evening at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
The 100th victory for sixth-year head coach Janel Burgess moved the Lakers to 16-6 on the season and 12-6 in the GLIAC to remain third in the North Division and fifth overall. Lake Superior State falls to 5-17 on the year and 4-14 in league action.
Sophomore Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) led four Lakers in double figures with 12 points and narrowly missing a double-double with a team-high-tying eight rebounds. She also had two assists and a team-high three steals. Junior Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) chipped in 11 points including two baskets from long range. Senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) and sophomore Meryl Cripe (Elmhurst, Ill.) each added 10.
Grand Valley State jumped out in front early to lead 18-11 before LSSU went on a 10-5 stretch to pull within two, 23-21, at the 10:43 mark. GVSU then strung together 13-2 run of its own to take a 38-23 lead, its biggest of the half, with 3:44 left in the first.
Lake Superior State was able to close in on the Lakers lead with a 7-3 run to end the half as GVSU took a 41-32 lead into the break. GVSU shot an impressive 53 percent from the floor including a 45 percent clip from long range in he opening 20 minutes. The Lakers were also able to score 10 points off of LSSU's 11 first-half miscues.
LSSU scored the first two baskets of the second half before GVSU opened an 11-6 run to lead 52-40 at the 10:54 mark. The Lakers then limited Lake Superior State to just four points over the next seven minutes as they took a 66-44 lead capped by a jumper and trifecta from LaPrairie.
Grand Valley State eventually took a 71-47 lead, the biggest of the game, on a triple from freshman Katherine Knudsen (Traverse City, Mich.) with just over a minute to play.
GVSU held Lake Superior State to just 27 percent shooting on 9-of-33, while limiting the Lakers to just two three-pointers. Grand Valley State went 24-for-52 from the floor for a 46 percent clip. GVSU picked up 24 points off LSSU's 21 turnovers.
LaPrairie and Cripe helped GVSU to 39 bench points, while freshman Jill Steinmetz (Avon, Ind.) hit career-highs with nine points and eight boards.
Maria Blazejewski had a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds, while Kandace Crittendon added 11. LSSU held a slight 38-36 edge off the board including 15 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second-chance points.
Grand Valley State heads back on the road against Northwood on Saturday, Feb. 21. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.