Nov. 16, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team travels to Washington, D.C. for a pair of contests against District of Columbia (Nov. 17) and Bowie State (Nov. 18) in its first road trip of the season.
The Lakers face off with the Firebirds, the host team of the UDC Classic, on Saturday at 3 p.m. before playing Bowie State on Sunday at 1 p.m. GVSU has never faced either team.
GVSU picked up its first win of the season in a home opening victory against Olivet, 68-50. Grand Valley State now hits the road for its next four games including opening GLIAC play.
STARTING OFF RIGHT
The last time GVSU started off with a win in the opening game of the season, they earned a spot in the NCAA Midwest Regional in 2010-11 and 2008-09.
The Lakers tallied 15 assists on its 25 baskets in the season opener against Olivet. Junior Breanna Kellogg had a game-high four helpers, whle four others tallied two each.
BACK IN ACTION
Senior guard Lauren Stodolahad a big impact in her first game back since last season. The Jenison native chipped in 15 points, grabbed two steals, had two assists and two rebounds in her senior-season debut.
EVERYONE PITCHING IN
Nine players on the GVSU roster recorded a basket on Monday night including two freshmen. Jammie Botruff tallied two field goals including one from long range for five points against the Comets, while classmate Jill Steinmetzhit her first career three-pointer as well.
The Firebirds opened their season with a 1-2 record in the early part of the season. Senior Janelle Junior leads all scorers with 15.7 points a game, while also leading the team in minutes per contest. Off the glass, UDC gets help from Robin Keke and Tatyana Calhoun who lead the team averaging 7.3 and 5.3 boards per game, respectively. Under eighth-year head coach Lester J. Butler III, the Firebirds were picked to finish third in the East Coast Conference and look to make another appearance in the NCAA DII Tournament this season after finishing 21-7 a year ago.
SCOUTING BOWIE STATE
The Lady Bulldogs return five players from last season's squad which finished 9-16 overall and reached the CIAA Tournament quarterfinals. Bowie State returns two starters and welcomes 10 newcomers to the program. This season Bowie State was tabbed third in the North Division Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association preseason poll. Junior Brooke Miles was named to the All-CIAA Preseason team after starting 21 contests last season and scoring 10.0 points per game.