Dec. 17, 2012
FINDLAY, Ohio - Despite staying within striking distance for most of the game, the Grand Valley State women's basketball team fell short against Findlay, 61-53, on Monday night in Findlay, Ohio.
The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Lakers as they move to 7-2 on the season and 4-2 in GLIAC play. Findlay improves to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in conference action.
Findlay took advantage of Grand Valley State's 22 fouls, shooting 75 percent (21-28) from the line to pull away late in the game.
With less than five minutes to play, senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) hit a jumper to give the Lakers a 47-46 lead before the Oilers' leading scorer Tai Dotson pulled Findlay back in front. Another jumper, this time from senior Alex Stelfox (Bowie, Md.) put GVSU ahead, 49-48, but it was the last time GVSU would lead.
Findlay recorded six straight points from Dotson to lead 54-49 with 2:39 on the clock. The Lakers scored just one basket in those final minutes, while the Oilers went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe to take the game.
In the opening 45 minutes, Findlay jumped out in front first, but each time GVSU answered back. A successful free throw from freshman Jill Steinmetz (Avon, Ind.) tied the game for the fourth time at 15-15 with 5:27 to play. Another successul make and a Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) jumper gave the Lakers a 18-15 lead with 4:39 left in the half.
Findlay pulled away again leading by as much as five on Kayla Brown's basket with 35 seconds left in the first. Steinmetz then closed the gap with a jumper to close out the half, giving Findlay a slight 25-22 edge heading into the locker room.
GVSU was able to tie the game four more times in the second half, but could not overcome the Oilers' strong shooting. Findlay shot 43 percent (10-23) from the floor and 75 percent (15-20) from the charity stripe in the second half.
Junior Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.) led the team with 15 points, while recordining four rebounds, three assists, a block and two steals. Taylor was the only other Laker to hit double figures with 10 points after going a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Senior Lauren Stodola was in foul trouble early, but managed to help out with a team-high five rebounds and five assists to go along with three steals.
The Lakers went 18-of-53 from the floor for a 34 percent clip, while hitting 5-of-20 from long range. GVSU shot a season-high-tying 92.3 percent (12-13) from the line. Findlay held a 38-29 edge off the glass and a 34-12 advantage in points in the paint.
Dotson had a game-high 19 points, while Brown chipped in 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
GVSU returns to Allendale on December 29 when it faces Rochester College to begin a five-game homestand. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. in GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.