Nov. 28, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State basketball teams head to Ashland, Ohio on Thursday night (Nov. 29) in the teams' conference opener for the 2012-13 season. GVSU's men will face the Eagles at 5:30 p.m. from AU's Kates Gymnasium, while the Laker women have a showdown with No. 1 Ashland at 7:30 p.m.
In the opener, the Grand Valley State men look to push its win streak to three games, as the Lakers defeated Kuyper (87-53) and Cedarville (69-66, OT) last week in Allendale. GVSU is 3-1 on the season, while Ashland is 1-1. It is the conference opener for both teams. In the overtime win over Cedarville on Saturday, sophomore Ryan Sabin notched a game-high and career-high 19 points, making 5-of-7 three-pointers and a pair of late free throws to help seal the victory.
The nightcap features a battle of the unbeatens, as GVSU takes its 3-0 record into Ashland to face the 6-0 Eagles. Grand Valley State last played on Nov. 17-18, when the Lakers won at District of Columbia (73-67) and took care of Bowie State (75-57). Senior Briauna Taylor notched a pair of double-doubles in those victories and was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for her efforts. Ashland is the top-ranked team in Division II, having advanced to the NCAA National Championship game last season.
Thursday's games will broadcasted both online and on the radio. The men's game will air on WMUS 107.9 FM and on WTKG-AM 1230, while the women's game can be heard exclusively on WTKG-AM 1230. Click on the links at the top of this page to listen to the games or to follow the live stats.
Men's Quick Hits
In the only meeting between Grand Valley State and Ashland last season, the Lakers were victorious, 64-51, in Allendale. GVSU owned a 37-20 lead at halftime and turned the ball over just five times in the win. The Lakers were lead in scoring by James Thomas (17 points, 10 rebounds), Nick Waddell (13 points), and Tony Peters (13 points).
GVSU leads the all-time series with Ashland, 16-11. Head coach Ric Wesley is 9-2 in his career against the Eagles, including a 3-2 mark at Ashland's Kates Gymnasium.
Women's Quick Hits
The Lakers have gotten off to a 3-0 start two other times under head coach Janel Burgess. GVSU topped three straight in 2008 to begin the season before falling at Drury, while the Lakers opened the 2010 season with nine straight victories before falling to nationally-ranked Michigan Tech.
GVSU holds a slight 15-10 edge over Ashland. Last season, Ashland dropped the Lakers, 81-58, in Allendale. GVSU lost a tight game against the Eagles in 2010-11, falling 55-54 in Ashland. GVSU is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings against AU.