Ohio Dominican Visits to Open New Year

Ohio Dominican Visits to Open New Year

Thursday, January 2, 2014 • 5:30 p.m.
SDC Gym • Houghton, Mich.

Michigan Tech
(6-2, 4-0 GLIAC)


Ohio Dominican
(4-4, 1-3 GLIAC)

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team opens 2014 with a pair of GLIAC games against South Division opponents. The Huskies host Ohio Dominican at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 2) at the SDC Gym and Tiffin at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 4).

Tech has won five games in a row, all in December. Mackenzie Perttu (16.0), Kylie Moxley (14.6) and Kerry Garnder (11.2) are leading the Huskies offensive attack during the streak. The defense is holding opponents to 64.2 points per game while scoring 72.6 per game. Tech has outrebounded opponents 206-186, averaging 41.2 per game.

Ohio Dominican is 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the GLIAC. The Panthers defeated Ferris State 53-50 on Dec. 15 for their first conference win. Two days later ODU fell 68-55 to Grand Valley State. Kacee Hockenberry leads the Panthers offense, scoring 16.4 points per game. Melissa Scherpenberg is averaging 6.4 points and 8.8 rebounds for second year coach Lynsey Warren. The Panthers were 11-15 (7-15 GLIAC) last year and were selected sixth out of the South in the preseason poll.

Tech is in the top five in the GLIAC in fewest turnovers per game (2nd/13.9), blocked shots per game (2nd/4.0), 3-point field goal percentage (2nd/37.7), assist turnover ratio (3rd/1.00), 3-pointers per game (3rd/7.9) and field goal percentage (5th/43.3).

Kylie Moxley leads the Huskies averaging 14.5 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. She is also pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game and has made 86.7 percent from the free throw line. Her field goal percentrage ranks her second in the GLIAC and 13th nationally.

Mackenzie Perttu and Kerry Gardner both scored career highs in the last outing against UW-Parkside. Perttu made seven field goals and six free throws for 23 points. She also had four assists and is averaging 16 points in the last five games and 13.3 on the season. Gardner scored 15 points against the Rangers with 11 of them coming from the free throw line. She is scoring 11.2 over the last five games and has started the last six contests.

Six of Tech's eight games have been decided by less than a seven-point margin. The Huskies are 4-2 in those games, including 1-0 in overtime.

Tech, Northern Michigan and Wayne State are the only 4-0 GLIAC teams to lead the North Division. Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State are 3-1 in the North and 3-1 Ashland leads the South Division.

Tech is 3-1 at the SDC Gym this season and 46-5 under Coach Cameron at home. The three wins this season are over Malone (53-48), Walsh (83-68) and UW-Parkside (80-67). The loss was to Minnesota Duluth (84-80) in the home-opener.

Tech is 3-0 all-time against the Panthers…The Huskies have made 7.9 3-pointers per game and are shooting 37.7 from beyond the arc…Seven players have scored at least 15 points in a game this season…A player has scored 15 points 13 times this season.

Tech had a 27-point win at Ohio Dominican last year. The Huskies outscored the Panthers 39-19 in the first half and won 78-51. Four players were in double figures led by Sam Hoyt with 17 points. Mackenzie Perttu (14), Kylie Moxley (12) and Taylor Stippel (12) also scored more than 10 points. Tech had 15 offensive rebounds and shot 47 percent from the field.

The first road trip of 2014 is to Lake Erie on Jan. 9 and Ashland on Jan. 11. The Huskies then host their first two North Division games of the season on Jan. 16 against Ferris State and Jan. 18 against Grand Valley State.

The Jan. 11 game at Ashland will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network as a part of the NCAA Division II Game of the Week. Ashland, the defending DII women's basketball champion, will show off a completely renovated Kates Gymnasium in a GLIAC contest against Michigan Tech. The Eagles and Huskies met in the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament with Ashland moving toward their first national title in a 67-54 victory.

Kim Cameron is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Huskies and holds a 78-21 (.788) career record. The Huskies are 46-5 at the SDC Gym under Cameron. She is the only Tech coach to lead a team to a Division II National Championship Game.

Tech finished 1-2 in the first month of the season. An 83-81 win over No. 9 Concordia-St. Paul on Nov. 15 at the Radisson Roseville Classic was the lone win. The Huskies fell 68-63 the following night to Minnesota State Moorhead and lost 84-80 to Minnesota Duluth in the home opener.

• Michigan Tech was selected as the top team in the North Division in the GLIAC Preseason Poll. Wayne State received eight first place points and was second behind Tech with 167 points. Grand Valley State (143), Ferris State (124) and Saginaw Valley State (85) rounded out the top five in the North. Northern Michigan (70), Northwood (64), and Lake Superior State (34) were ranked in spots six through eight.
• Defending national champion Ashland was the top choice in the South Division with 178 points. Findlay (177), Hillsdale (122), Malone (117), and Tiffin (103) were also ranked in the top five of the South. Ohio Dominican (85), Walsh (56) and Lake Erie (26) were picked at the bottom of the division.

The Huskies finished 21-9 overall and 17-5 in the GLIAC in 2012-13. Tech earned a share of the North Division title and advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal.

Jillian Ritchie was named to the GLIAC preseason first team selection. She averaged 8.6 points per game last season and was second on the team with 159 rebounds, averaging 5.3 per contest. The junior forward from De Pere, Wis., started all 30 games a season ago and averaged 31 minutes while shooting 45.9 percent from three-point territory.
Danielle Blake was named to the GLIAC preseason second team. The sophomore guard from Midland, Mich., started 14 games last season and scored 115 points. She also had 87 rebounds, 39 assists and 26 blocks while playing 18.6 minutes per game.