Dec. 15, 2012
HILLSDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team picked up its fourth straight conference win with an 84-53 victory at Hillsdale on Saturday evening.
GVSU is now 4-1 in conference play and 7-1 overall, while the Chargers fall to 4-4 and 1-4 in the GLIAC. The Lakers close out their 2012 conference schedule at Findlay on Monday at 8 p.m.
Junior Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) led the Lakers with 17 points in 21 minutes of play on 7-of-8 from the floor, while also grabbing four rebounds. Senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) was the only other player to reach double figures with 11 points. Taylor also grabbed a team-high six rebounds along with sophomore Daina Grazulis (Marquette, Mich.).
The two teams traded the lead back and forth in the opening stanza before tying it up for the sixth time of the game at 20-20 on senior Lauren Stodola's jump shot with 6:16 left in the first half.
A successful Hillsdale free throw put the Chargers ahead by one, but it would be their final lead of the game. GVSU then went on a 15-2 run to end the half to take a 35-23 lead into half time.
Grand Valley State pushed its lead to 41-23, capped by a pair of free throws from junior Breanna Kellogg (DeWitt, Mich.) out of the break before Chargers would get within 12 two more times, but it would be the closest Hillsdale would get for the remainder of the game.
The Lakers took a 30-point lead at 68-38 on back-to-back three-pointers from junior Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.) and Kellogg and a layup from Grazulis. GVSU then kept its distance, going ahead by 34, 82-48 on freshman Jill Steinmetz's (Avondale, Ind.) basket with less than five minutes to play. The Lakers kept its 30-point distance to win its fourth straight game.
For the game, GVSU shot a season-high 56.7 percent on 34-of-60 from the floor, hitting 6-of-12 from long range. The Lakers held a commanding 48-26 edge off the glass that led to 10 second chance points. Hillsdale went 16-of-53 from the floor for a 30 percent clip.
Megan Fogt recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Kadie Lowery also tallied 11 points for the Chargers.