SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Led by a season-high 15 points by junior center Tamara Novic, the Lake Superior State women's basketball team picked up a 69-48 victory over border rivals Algoma University (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) on Sunday inside Cooper Gymnasium.
Novic hit seven-of-nine shots from field and also racked up a game-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes of work off the bench.
The Lakers (3-9) led throughout while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and hitting 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) shots from behind the arc. On the defensive end LSSU held the Thunderbirds to 24.2 percent from the field (16-66) and 16.2 percent (6-37) from three-point range.
LSSU eventually built their largest lead of the game, 28 points, with 2:57 remaining in the third quarter and despite being outscored 20-16 in the final quarter, held on for the 21-point victory.
Senior guard Mackenzie Edwards also reached double digits for the Lakers, chipping in 11 points on four-of-seven shots from the field. The Gaylord, Mich., native also added six rebounds.
The Thunderbirds were led by Jamerka Martin's 12 points off the bench, followed by Karissa Kajorinne with 11 points.
LSSU returns to the hardwood Jan. 5, at Ohio Dominican.