Lakers fall 78-50 on the road at GVSU

Photo Courtesy Sam Downs
Photo Courtesy Sam Downs

ALLENDALE, Mich.- Lake Superior State women's basketball suffered a 78-50 loss on the road at Grand Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 11) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

The Lakers (5-20, 3-15 GLIAC) responded to a pair of three-pointers by GVSU to open the game to eventually lead 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. LSSU hit 54.5 percent of shots from the field in the opening 10 minutes of play, while limiting the GVSU Lakers (18-6, 13-5 GLIAC) to 40 percent shooting during the first quarter.

Opening the second quarter, junior center Tamara Novic gave LSSU its largest lead of the game with a layup through contact and picked up a trip to the foul line for an and-one opportunity. Novic scored the free throw to put LSSU ahead 19-15 with 9:38 remaining in the first half.

The Belgrade, Serbia native finished with team-highs of 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in 28 minutes of reserve duty prior to picking up her fifth foul of the game with 3:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Moments after Novic's three-point play, Taylor Lutz hit a three-point shot with 9:21 remaining in the second period to cut the LSSU lead to 19-18. Lutz then stole the ball on the Lakers' next possession and Korynn Hincka tied the game with one-of-two free throws, 19-19.

After a missed three from Mackenzie Edwards, Janae Langs hit a three with 8:02 left in the second period for GVSU to give the home side their first lead since a 15-13 advantage with 1:04 left in the first quarter. Edwards answered just over a minute later with a three to draw LSSU back even at 22-22.

With 5:36 left in the second quarter, Bailey Cairnduff put GVSU ahead, 25-22, to begin a 15-5 run  closing out the first half.

GVSU never looked back after Cairnduff's three-pointer and eventually led by as much as 30 points with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. The GVSU Lakers outscored LSSU 41-23 over the final two-quarters, while outscoring the visiting Lakers 26-16 in the paint, 20-3 off of turnovers and 25-16 from the bench.

Edwards finished with 10 points, tying sophomore center Rachel Novotny to lead the LSSU starters reaching double digits in scoring. The senior guard and native of Gaylord, Mich., also totaled six rebounds and four assists.

Langs led GVSU with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds, followed by Piper Tucker's 14 points. Hincka led the Grand Valley bench with 10 points and five rebounds.

LSSU returns home next week to face Saginaw Valley State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and closes the weekend with their final regular season home game at 1 p.m. on Saturday against Wayne State. The Lakers will honor Edwards as the team's lone senior in a special senior day ceremony on Saturday.