Dec. 6, 2012Postgame Comments
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team jumped out to an early 15-3 lead and never looked back as the Lakers downed Tiffin, 59-38, on Thursday evening in GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
GVSU picks up its second straight GLIAC win to improve to 2-1 in conference action, while moving to 5-1 on the season. Tiffin drops to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in GLIAC play.
Senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) filled out the stat sheet with a team-high 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Senior Lauren Stodola (Jenison, Mich.), sophomore Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) and junior Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) each scored eight points.
Tiffin took its only lead of the game with a basket a minute into the half before GVSU went on a 12-0 run. Crandall capped the run with a three-pointer to give GVSU a 12-2 lead with 12:15 left in the half. Tiffin went on a 14-7 run to pull within three, 19-16, but a LaPrairie jumper gave the Lakers a 21-16 lead into the break.
The Lakers held Tiffin scoreless for the first four minutes of the half going on a 10-0 run. A lay in from the Dragons' leading scorer, Mackenzie Storlie, ended the stretch for 31-18 score with 15:51 remaining in the game.
Tiffin pulled within 13 one more time on another Storlie basket at 13:38, but it would be the closest the Dragons' would get as GVSU stretched its lead to as much as 24 on freshman Jill Steinmetz's basket to take the game.
The Lakers shot just 39 percent from the floor on 24-of-61, including just 4-for-21 from long range (19 percent). Tiffin was just 13-of-53 for the game for a 24 percent clip, while shooting 18 percent from behind the arc. GVSU owned a 47-38 edge off the glass and had 11 second-chance points.
Storlie finished the game with 17 points on 5-of-12 from the floor and 6-for-13 from the line. Tiffin's leading scorer Jessica Harris, who is averaging a double-double, was held to just four points and eight rebounds for the night.
GVSU continues GLIAC play, hosting Ohio Dominican on Saturday at 3 p.m. in GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. Ohio Dominican fell at Ferris State, 69-56, on Thursday evening.