Michigan Tech Game Notes (PDF)
Thurs. Jan. 18 • 5:30 p.m. at Wayne St. • Sat. Jan. 20 • 1 p.m. at Davenport
#12 Michigan Tech (14-2, 8-1 GLIAC) at Wayne State (11-4, 6-3 GLIAC) and Davenport (7-9, 5-4 GLIAC)
Radio: WKMJ (Kirk McDonnell)
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WEEK EIGHT WRAPUP
Michigan Tech secured two key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference wins last week on the road at Ferris State 80-77 and Lake Superior State 77-47. The Huskies enter this week with an overall record of 14-2 and 8-1 in the conference, good for sole posession of first place in the North Division. On Thursday night against the Bulldogs, The Huskies battled back from a 13-point deficit in the second half to notch a crucial win in the final seconds after trailing for 36 minutes. Senior Brenna Heise gave Tech the lead at 78-76 with 31 seconds left and held onto the advantage as the final buzzer sounded. The Huskies jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter against the Lakers and then used a dominating second quarter to pull away. Tech outscored the Lakers 22-7 in the 2nd to take command of the game.
One of the many strenghts of this year's team is depth up and down the lineup for the Huskies. That came into play in a major way on Saturday in the win at Lake Superior State. Tech had six players generate 10 or more points in the game with three of them reaching double figures off the bench. Sophomore Hannah Hobson had a career high 12 points, senior Elisa Jurmu fired in 11 points, and junior Michelle LaFave racked up 10 points. Freshman Cassidy Trotter led the team by dishing out six assists and created havoc on the Lakers' offense thanks to three steals. She also hauled down three rebounds in the win.
HUSKIES RISE TO 12TH IN WBCA POLL
Michigan Tech climbed four spots to No. 12 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Huskies were ranked 21st in the preseason poll, moved up to 10th in the first regular season rankings and held the No. 18 ranking for two weeks prior to jumping up to No. 15 December 12th. Tech was in the No. 13 spot for two weeks before the number 16 ranking last week. The Huskies picked up 291 points in this week's poll and remain as one of two GLIAC teams ranked in the top 25. Ashland is undefeated at 17-0 and stays in the No. 1 spot with 600 points and all 24 first place votes. Grand Valley State kept a spot just outside the top 25 again this week by landing in the receiving votes category.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Michigan Tech continues to be ranked near the top of the GLIAC in multiple statistical categories through 16 games this season. The Huskies lead the GLIAC in blocked shots per game (5.6, 6th in NCAA II), fewest turnovers per game (11.7, 4th NCAA II), and three-point shooting percentage (38.5%, 9th in NCAA II). The Huskies are also first in assist to turnover ratio (1.49, 2nd NCAA II) and third in assists per game (17.4). Senior Lindsay Winter is first in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.45, 13th in NCAA II) while Winter and Senior Kelli Guy are second and third in total assists with 81 and 60 respectively. Guy is first in the GLIAC in triples made per game (2.75) while Winter is fifth in the conference in rebounds per game (7.1) Junior Elizabeth Kelliher leads the conference and is 15th in NCAA Division II with 42 blocked shots. Heise and Winter are both seventh in the GLIAC in total field goals made with 79.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Wayne State enters Thursday's game against Michigan Tech boasting an 11-4 overall record with a 6-3 mark in the GLIAC. The Warriors have been playing very good basketball during the last few weeks as evidenced by a four game winning streak. Wayne State has also won five of six contests and defeated Northwood University on the road this past Saturday 59-57. The Warriors are tough to beat on their home floor with a 5-1 record in Detroit.
Wayne State is near the top of the conference in multiple statistical categories. The Warriors are third in the conference in scoring at 75.6 points per game, they lead the GLIAC in three-point baskets made per night (7.0), and are third in rebounding on the strength of 39.9 boards each time they take the floor. Wayne State's defense is also one of the best in the GLIAC when it comes to points allowed and opponents field goal percentage. The Warriors are tops in the conference at limiting opposing offenses to just a 37.9% success rate when it comes to field field goals. They are also giving up the second fewest points in the conference at 59.9 points per game.
Guard Shannon Wilson powers the Wayne State offense with a 16.1 points per game scoring average followed by guard Nastassja Chambers at 14.2 points per game. Guard Ja'Nae Williams tosses in 7.5 points per game and leads the Warriors on the glass with a 6.3 rebounds per game average. In addition, she is Wayne State's leader in assists as well at 2.9 per night.
Michigan Tech leads the all-time series against Warriors with a record of 42-16. The Huskies come into Thursday's game having won four straight. Tech topped Wayne State in Detroit last year 66-64 on January 12th and then generated a 79-61 victory on February 9th in Houghton. In meeting number one last year, Morgan Anderson fired in the game winning shot with four seconds left and the defense forced an errant triple try by the Warriors as time expired to preserve the two-point win. The Huskies then led for the majority of the game in the second showdown in 2016-17.
Davenport enters the week 7-9 overall, but are 5-4 against GLIAC opponents. The Panthers have won three of their last four games, but endured a 68-58 loss on Saturday at Saginaw Valley State. Davenport is averaging 58.5 points per game and giving up 63.6 points per night as they get set to host Northern Michigan Thursday. Forward Emily Severn is the Panthers leading scorer at 12.6 points per game. Center Jenna Falkenberg chips in 7.7 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 8.4 boards per night. Saturday's game will be the first meeting between the Huskies and Panthers.
Kim Cameron begins her eighth season at Michigan Tech in 2017-18 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 158 wins in her first seven seasons on the job. Her winning percentage (.772) 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).
The Huskies return to the friendly confines of the SDC to face rival Northern Michigan for the second time this season on Saturday January 27th. Tech won the first meeting of the year in Marquette 59-56. It will also be the first of three straight home games.