Thurs., Feb. 16 • 6:00 p.m. (ET) at Grand Valley St. Sat., Feb. 11 • 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Ferris St.
Michigan Tech (17-6, 13-5 GLIAC) at Grand Valley St. (18-6, 13-5 GLIAC) and Ferris St. (5-19, 4-14 GLIAC)
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Michigan Tech has won three straight games going into the final regular season road trip of the 2016-17 campaign. The Huskies turned in two impressive wins against Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State this past Thursday and Saturday. The 79-61 win over the Warriors on Thursday featured some strong post play from sophomore Elizaberh Kelliher, who recorded a game high 21 points on a 9 of 12 shooting night from the field. It was second time this season that she has scored 21 points and the third time she has eclipsed 20 points. Junior Lindsay Winter hit four triples on her way to 14 points followed by redshirt junior Kelli Guy and senior Morgan Anderson who each chipped in 11 points. Tech poured in a season high 82 points in an 82-57 win over Saginaw Valley State on Saturday afternoon. Guy and Winter sparked a strong first half to guide the Huskies as each player finished the contest with 18 and 17 points respectively. Anderson led Tech's offense with 20 points in part by going 8 for 8 at the free throw line. Saturday's win marked the fourth time this season that Tech has won three or more consecutive games.
PERIMETER PROWESS/ANDERSON NEARING 1,000 POINTS
The guard trio of Guy, Winter, and Anderson came up big for the Huskies this past week in the two wins against Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State. The three players combined to score 91 points and dial in 19 triples in the two contests. Guy was 6 for 7 seven from behind the three-point line in the first half against SVSU while Winter contributed 12 rebounds in the two games. Anderson is zeroing in on 1,000 career points after posting 20 in the win against the Cardinals. Anderson has 996 career points going into this week's games and is Tech's leading scorer at 15.9 points per game. Guy and Winter are both at or near double figure point totals through 23 games. Guy is notching 10.7 points per game and Winter averages 9.6 ppg while shooting at a 92.9 percent clip at the charity stripe.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Michigan Tech remains in the top four of the GLIAC statistical rankings in multiple categories. The Huskies lead the conference in fewest turnovers per game (10.8), are first in blocks per game (5.1), second in field goals made per game (26.7), third in points allowed per game (60.1), second in field goal percentage (44.1), fourth in triples made per game (7.2), and fourth in points per game (68.6). Kelliher leads the conference in blocks per game at 2.6 and is third in field goal shooting percentage (56.6%).
The Huskies have clinched a spot in the Great Lakes intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament with three games left in the regular season. Tech now has its sites set on the goal of hosting a GLIAC Quarterfinal contest in the SDC Wood Gym.The Huskies enter the week tied with Gand Valley State for second place in the GLIAC North Division. Northern Michigan and Northwood are the other two North teams guaranteed a place in the postseason. In the South Division, top ranked and unbeaten Ashland leads the division with Ohio Dominican being the only other South team to be guaranteed a playoff spot heading into this week.
LAST TIME VS GVSU AND FSU
Tech defeated Grand Valley State and Ferris State on January 26th and 28th in Houghton. Anderson helped lift Tech past the Lakers 49-48 with the game winning shot with 0.7 seconds left in the contest. The Huskies earned a 70-56 victory over the Bulldogs behind 18 points and nine assists from Anderson.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Grand Valley State is 18-6 overall and 13-5 in the GLIAC coming into Thursday night's contest with the Huskies. The Lakers' defense leads the conference in points allowed per game (52.3) while holding opposing teams to a conference best 36.4% field goal shooting percentage. Meanwhile on offense, the Lakers are second in the GLIAC in three-point shooting where they connect on 7.4 triples per contest. Guard Janae Langs guides the offense with 10.2 points per game followed by forward Piper Tucker at 9.6 ppg. GVSU has five players averaging 8.9 ppg or more this season. Langs also boasts the most rebounds on the club with a 5.7 rpg average. The Lakers are scoring 66.7 ppg and and shooting at a 41.8% clip from the field. They have won two straight games and five of their last six coming in to Thursday. GVSU defeated Lake Superior State 78-50 this past Saturday.
Ferris State is 5-19 overall and 4-14 in the GLIAC going into their contest on Thursday night at home against Northern Michigan University. The Bulldogs have lost six of their last seven contests, with their most recent win at Wayne State 71-67 on February 4th. Forward Rachel McInerney leads Ferris State with 15.8 points per game followed by guard Rachel Blair with 12.7 ppg. McInerney grabs a team high 8.5 rebounds with guard Alexis Bush guiding the team in assists at 2.9 per game. As a team, Ferris State is averaging 61.6 points while allowing 74.2 points per game to opponents this season.
Kim Cameron is in her seventh season at Michigan Tech in 2016-17 and is the first Division II head coach in Tech history to lead a team to a national title game appearance (2011). Tech's historic run through the NCAA Tournament came just months after Cameron was appointed to the position on June 17, 2010. The 2011 and 2015 GLIAC and 2011 WBCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year has accumulated 138 wins in her first six seasons on the job. Her winning percentage (.780) is the best of any coach in the program's history, a list that includes three Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Famers (Cheryl DePuydt, Kevin Borseth and Darla Olson).
Tech will close the regular season next Thursday at home against Northern Michigan.