Basketball teams close out regular season with three home games
Feb 15, 2012
SAULT STE. MARIE – The Lake Superior State men’s and
women’s basketball teams play their last three regular-season
games at home, beginning with Saturday’s double-header
against Northwood. Both Laker teams have a chance to end on a high
note and possibly advance to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference Tournament.
The LSSU women (9-14 overall, 5-11 GLIAC) play host to Northwood
(10-12 overall, 5-10 GLIAC) at 1 p.m. at Bud Cooper Gymnasium. The
Laker men (11-12 overall, 6-10 GLIAC) meet the Timberwolves (15-7
overall, 10-5 GLIAC) at 3 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live of
WSOO 1230 AM.
After starting out 1-9 in the GLIAC, the Laker women are 4-2
during their last six games and have avenged losses to Grand Valley
State, Saginaw Valley State and Northern Michigan. They also hope
to avenge a 66-50 loss to Northwood on Dec. 3.
“We need to continue to play within our means,”
senior center Cassy Schemberger said. “We can’t diverge
off that path that Coach has laid out for us. I don’t know
how it happens, but it does…Time and time again it’s
proven that what he sets up for us works. If we play together,
execute our offense and play tenacious D – when we fall apart
defensively, that’s when we fall apart offensively. If we
stay within our defensive principals, we win.”
Northwood is ranked 10th in the GLIAC in scoring
defense at 64.9 points allowed per game and LSSU is 12th
at 66.7 ppg, so Saturday’s contest may come down to which
team has the better defensive game. NU is led by 6-3 senior
forward/center Savannah Stedman, who averages 16.3 points and 8.1
rebounds per game. She compiled 18 points and 12 rebounds against
the Lakers in December, and was one of four double-figure scorers
for NU. LSSU junior forward Maria Blazejewsi, who averages 15.4 ppg
in the GLIAC, scored 24 points, and Schemberger totaled six points
and a career-high 19 rebounds against the Timberwolves.
The LSSU men were 1-3 during their recent road stretch and are
4-3 at home in the conference. The Lakers are sixth in the GLIAC
North Division standings and trail fifth-place Northwood by a mere
half game. They are only two games out of third place.
Sophomore Derek Billing, who was the Lakers’ hottest
scorer at the end of last season, has averaged 26.5 ppg during his
last four outings and 25.0 ppg during his last six. His season
scoring average is 16.9 ppg.
“He’s been on a great run, and it couldn’t
happen to a better young man,” LSSU coach Steve Hettinga
stated during his weekly podcast. “He does a lot of other
things that don’t show up in the boxscore. He’s a great
student, and it’s been fun to watch him play.”
Six players scored in double figures for the Timberwolves, and
five hit double digits for the Lakers as the LSSU men lost 86-78 at
Northwood on Dec. 3. It was the most points Lake Superior State has
given up to a GLIAC opponent this season.
“They’re very good offensively and defensively, and
really good in transition,” Hettinga said. “It’s
going to be an important part of the game. We’re going to
have to get back and play great defense, and make them have to
score against our set defense as opposed to making them score in
the open floor, which is where they really excel.”
Senior forward Bobby Lewis (6-3) averages 16.9 ppg to lead
Northwood, which ranks fourth in the GLIAC in team scoring and
first in rebound margin. Sophomore center Wes Wilcox (6-8) is the
Timberwolves’ top rebounder, averaging 7.1 rpg.
Both LSSU teams will participate in the GLIAC Pink Wave
initiative on Saturday.