Nov. 29, 2012
ASHLAND, Ohio - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team was unable to slow down the top-ranked Ashland Eagles on Thursday (Nov. 29) evening, falling by a score of 90-66 at Kates Gymnasium.
The Lakers are now 3-1 after suffering their first loss of the season, and 0-1 in GLIAC play to begin the year. Ashland moves to 7-0 and 1-0 in the conference.
GVSU made the first bucket of the game, as junior Breanna Kellogg (DeWitt, Mich.) led off the contest with a bucket. Junior Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.) hit a trifecta a minute later and the Lakers had a 5-4 lead.
Unfortunately, Ashland would then go on a 19-6 run over the next six minutes to pull away, taking a 23-11 lead.
The Eagles would keep rolling, eventually taking a 52-29 lead in to halftime. Ashland shot 71-percent (22-for-31) from the field in the half and outrebounded the Lakers 21-7. Watson led the way with 10 first-half points on 3-of-7 shooting including going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Lakers were 4-for-8 from long range in the opening half.
GVSU came out of the locker room with a solid second-half performance, shooting 53.3-percent from the field (16-for-30) and playing even with the Eagles for the last 20 minutes, scoring 37 points to Ashland's 38. The Lakers made a significant improvement on the defensive end in the second half, lowering the Eagles' second half field goal percentage by nearly 30-percent.
Sophomore Daina Grazulis (Marquette, Mich.) was a solid spark off the bench in the final 20 minutes for the Lakers, collecting six points and two rebounds in only six minutes of play.
Unfortunately, GVSU was not able to get any closer than 22 points within the Eagles at 88-66, as Ashland took the contest by a 90-66 score.
Watson led the Lakers in scoring, pouring in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Senior Alex Stelfox (Bowie, Md.) also scored in double figures, pouring in 10 points. Sophomore Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) collected eight points on a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, to go with a team-high three assists.
The top-ranked Eagles were led by Kari Daugherty's 30 point, 10 rebound performance as she paced a group of four Ashland players who scored in double figures.
The Lakers will get back to work on Saturday (Dec. 1) with a 3:00 p.m. tip-off at Lake Erie in Painesville, Ohio.