Dec. 29, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team held a 14-point half time lead and never looked back as the Lakers defeated Rochester, 70-59, on Saturday afternoon at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
GVSU improves to 8-2 on the year with its final non-conference game of the season, while Rochester holds steady at 6-8 as the Warriors counted this game as an exhibition contest. The Lakers continue its five-game homestand against with a GLIAC match against conference newcomer Walsh on Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
Senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) recorded a season-high 24 point on 10-of-12 from the floor. Junior Breanna Kellogg (DeWitt, Mich.) joined Taylor in double figures, tallying a season-high 12 points on 3-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-4 from long range. The guard also dished out two assists and had two steals. A pair of free throws down the stretch pushed junior Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) into double figures as well as the guard had 10 points and a tea-high seven rebounds.
GVSU held a 17-8 lead with 12:09 on the clock in the first half, but Rochester quickly took control with three straight three-pointers to take a 20-17 lead at the 9:27 mark. A basket from Kellie Watson (Ionia, Mich.) cut the lead to one, but Rochester's Sam Tomaschko answered back with a jumper to give the Warriors a 22-19 lead, but it would be its final one of the game.
A jumper from sophomore Kat LaPrairie (Rockford, Mich.) sparked a 17-4 run to end the half. Taylor recorded nine of her 16 first-half points during the stretch to give GVSU a 39-25 lead into the break.
The Lakers kept their distance in the second half, holding a 17-point lead, 61-44, on Taylor's traditional three-point play with 8:26 remaining the game. A three-pointer from freshman Jammie Botruff (Gladstone, Mich.) and a basket from classmate Jill Steinmetz (Avon, Ind.) gave GVSU its biggest lead of the game, 66-44, with less than five to play.
Rochester closed in on the Lakers' lead with a 13-0 run to trail 66-59 with 1:17 on the clock, but a basket from sophomore Daina Grazulis (Marquette, Mich.) and a pair of free throws from Crandall put the game out of reach as GVSU picked up its sixth double-digit victory of the season.
GVSU went 26-of-59 from the floor for a 44.1 percent clip, while going 4-for-14 from behind the arc. Rochester shot 37 percent on 23-of-61 shooting, while going 33 percent from long range on 8-of-24. The Lakers held a commanding lead off the glass, holding a 43-32 edge, which lead to 11 second chance points.
Crandall, Watson and sophomore Meryl Cripe (Elmhurst, Ill.) each tallied four assists as GVSU recorded 17 helpers on its 26 baskets, just one shy of tying the season-high.
Rochester was led by Meagan Heiden who notched 18 points on 7-of-11 from the floor including a 4-for-7 mark from behind the arc. Ka'imana Ka'aikala had 13 points, while Tomaschko notched 10 with a team-high seven boards.