Nov. 12, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - A trio of double-digit scorers and a strong second-half performance led the Grand Valley State women's basketball team to a 68-50 victory against visiting Olivet on Monday evening at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
Seniors Alex Stelfox (Bowie, Md.) and Lauren Stodola (Jenison, Mich.) each made an impact after missing most of last season due to injury. Stodola led the team with 15 points off 5-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Stelfox added 14 points of her own off a team-high six field goals, while recording five rebounds, two blocks and four steals.
Sophomore Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) rounded out the double-figure tallies with 11 points, thanks to 3-for-4 from behind the arc.
In the opening minutes of the game, neither team could find a rhythm, tying the game for the fifth time at 10-10 with 11 minutes left in the half. Stodola used a three-point play to put the Lakers ahead, but Olivet responded seven straight points to take its biggest lead of the game, 17-13, with 7:30 to play.
The lead was short lived as GVSU hit four straight baskets to take a 21-17 lead with less than five minutes in the half. The Lakers held Olivet to just four more points over the next four minutes, while closing out the half with six points of their own for a 27-21 halftime score.
Grand Valley State came out shooting in the second half, extending its lead to 13 by the 14:56 mark when junior Breanna Kellogg (DeWitt, Mich.) dished out an offensive board to LaPrairie who hit a three-pointer for a 40-27 lead. The Lakers shot 45 percent in the second half on 15-of-33 from the field.
Olivet shrank the lead to single digits two more times before GVSU ran away with the game. The Lakers hit four three-pointers in the last six minutes of the game to balloon its lead to, 66-44, with less than two minutes to play.
For the game, GVSU shot 38 percent from the field on 25-of-65, while going 6-for-19 from long range. The Lakers had 38 points off of 30 forced turnovers and limited their own to just 14. GVSU dished out 15 assists on its 25 baskets led by four from Kellogg.
Olivet held a slight 34-32 edge off the board, but the Lakers owned a 13-8 advantage in offensive rebounds leading to 21 second chance points.
GVSU now prepares for its first Division II opponent as it travels to the home state of Stelfox to face District of Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C.