Dec. 8, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team had 11 players tally at least one basket in a 65-38 win against visiting Ohio Dominican on Saturday afternoon at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
The Lakers improve to 6-1 on the season and more importantly 3-1 in the GLIAC with three straight GLIAC wins. Ohio Dominican falls to 3-4 on the year and 0-4 in conference play.
Senior Lauren Stodola (Jenison, Mich.) tallied a team-high 11 points on 5-of-6 from the floor and dished out three assists. Junior Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) and senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) each had nine points, while Taylor had a game-high nine rebounds.
The first half featured four ties and two lead changes as neither team could find a rhythm. Ohio Dominican held a slight, 14-12, edge by the 10:37 mark before both teams went cold.
It was more than four minutes later when Stodola ended the stretch, tying the game at 14-14 with a quick jumper to avoid a shot clock violation with 6:13 on the clock.
GVSU held the Panthers without a field goal for the final 10:37 of the game, limiting ODU to just a pair of free throws to close out the half. Crandall and freshman Jill Steinmetz (Avon, Ind.) combined to score seven points to give the Lakers a 21-16 lead heading into the locker room.
The Lakers quickly ran up a 13-point lead, 31-18, out of the break forcing an Ohio Dominican timeout. Ohio Dominican then shrank the lead two more times to single digits before a jumper by Stodola sparked a 9-0 run over the next three minutes, to give GVSU a 46-26 lead. GVSU kept its distance from the Panthers by at least 16 points for the remainder of the game.
Grand Valley State shot 25-of-58 from the floor for a 43 percent clip, aided by shooting 56 percent from the floor in the second half. The Lakers had 15 assists including 11 on their 18 second-half baskets.
The GVSU defense allowed its fewest points of the season for the second consecutive game, while holding the Panthers to just 21 percent (12-55) from the floor. The Lakers scored 21 points off of Ohio Dominican's 21 turnovers.
Senior Alex Stelfox (Bowie, Md.) saw limited minutes due to foul trouble but was able to tally six points, two assists, four steals and a block. Steinmetz finished the game with six points, six rebounds and two assists.
Katelyn Stuckey tallied a team-high 13 points for the Panthers , while Paige Staught added 10 and hit the only three-pointer for the team.
GVSU returns to the court after a week of for final exams on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Hillsdale at 8 p.m.