Michigan Tech Game Notes (PDF)
Thurs. Feb. 22 • 5:30 p.m. vs Wayne St. • Sat. Feb. 24 • vs Davenport
#17 Michigan Tech (20-3, 14-2 GLIAC) vs Wayne State (18-6, 13-5 GLIAC) and Davenport (8-17, 6-12 GLIAC)
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WEEK 13 WRAPUP
Michigan Tech recorded two more Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference wins last week against Ferris State (80-63) and Davenport (75-65). The Huskies extended their winning streak to eight games and swept the regular season series with both teams. Tech enters the final week of the regular season with an overall record of 22-3 and 16-2 in the conference. The Huskies used a 17-0 scoring run that started in the final minutes of the first quarter and carried into the second to pull away from the Bulldogs in Thursday's win. Michigan Tech featured another balanced attack on Thursday night with five players producing 10 or more points. Junior Elizabeth Kelliher led the charge with 16 points and 13 rebounds on the way to her second double-double of the season. Tech held off the Lakers on Saturday to close last week. Senior Hannah Stoll guided the Huskies offense with a career high 20 points by converting 7 of 9 shots from the field and 6 of 8 chances at the free throw line.
Michigan Tech will honor six seniors between games against Davenport in the SDC. Guard Kelli Guy, guard Brenna Heise, forward Elisa Jurmu, guard Sarah LewAllen, forward Hannah Stoll, and guard Lindsay Winter will be recognized for their contributions to the program during their careers at Tech. A banquet honoring the senior classes for both the women's and men's programs will be held in the SDC Gym shortly after the conclusion of the doubleheader.
GLIAC NORTH CHAMPIONS
Michigan Tech clinched the 2018 GLIAC North Division title with the two wins last week over Ferris State and Lake Superior State. It's the 15th overall regular season conference championship in program history and fifth under Head Coach Kim Cameron. Tech also secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming GLIAC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on February 28th in the SDC. The GLIAC Final Four will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th following the quarterfinals. In order to celebrate the success of this year's team and the division title, Saturday's game against Davenport will be played second allowing time following the contest to cut down the nets in the SDC and recognize the players and coaches for their outstanding achievement.
HUSKIES HOST "BOX OUT CANCER GAME" THURSDAY NIGHT
The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball programs will host the annual "Box Out Game" this Thursday when Wayne State comes to town for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader. The Huskies are partnering with the Women Living with Cancer Support Group, who provides support for cancer patients. Each player will have a warm up t-shirt (Women and Men) that will be available for bid online using the women's basketball Facebook page, with a minimum starting bid of $20. The bidding will end at halftime of the men's game. Go to the Michigan Tech basketball roster pages below to find the player whose shirt you would like to bid on. Then go to the women's basketball Facebook page to place your bid.
HUSKIES RANKED 17TH IN WBCA POLL, FOURTH IN NCAA REGIONAL POLL
Michigan Tech remained at No. 17 in this week's edition of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Huskies have been ranked as high as 10th this season and held the 17th spot in each of the last two polls. Michigan Tech earned 216 points again in this week's poll and are one of two GLIAC teams ranked in the top 25. Ashland remained unbeaten last week and is now 26-0, keeping the No. 1 ranking with 600 points and all 24 first place votes. Grand Valley State retained a spot in the receiving votes category once again this week. The Huskies are also fourth in the second NCAA Midwest Regional Poll that was released on Wednesday. The regional poll determines at-large berths into the NCAA Regional Tournament.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Michigan Tech remains ranked near the top of the GLIAC in multiple statistical categories through 25 games this season. The Huskies lead the GLIAC in blocked shots per game (5.4, 10th in NCAA II) and fewest turnovers per game (12.0, 8th NCAA II). The Huskies are second in three-point shooting percentage (36.1%), assist to turnover ratio (1.39, 8th NCAA II) and third in assists per game (16.7). The Huskies have made 47.3% of their field goals which is second in the conference (7th NCAA). They are third in the GLIAC in scoring at 73.0 ppg. The defense is also third in the conference in limiting opponents to 60.3 ppg. Senior Lindsay Winter is second in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.61, 6th in NCAA II) and second in total assists with 107. Senior Kelli Guy is first in the GLIAC in triples made per game (2.36) and second in three-point field goal percentage (39.1%) while Winter is sixth in the conference in rebounds per game (6.8) Junior Elizabeth Kelliher leads the conference and is 22nd in NCAA Division II with 63 blocked shots.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Wayne State enters Thursday's game with an overall record of 18-6 and 13-5 in the GLIAC. The Warriors have won three straight games and 11 of their last 13 contests. Wayne State topped Saginaw Valley State 60-52 and Northwood 76-66 in a pair of conference matchups last week. The Warriors are averaging 70.5 points per game as a team while surrendering just 59.4 ppg to opponents. Their defense ranks second in the GLIAC in fewest points allowed and is third in holding opponents to a 38.4% shooting clip from the floor. Guard Shannon Wilson leads the Wayne State offense with a 15.9 ppg scoring average followed by Nastassja Chambers at 14.0 ppg. Ja'Nae Williams hauls down a team best 7.0 rebounds per game. Wayne State won the first meeting of the season between the two teams 50-40 in Detroit on January 18th.
Davenport will play at Northern Michigan Thursday before making a trip to face the Huskies Saturday afternoon. The Panthers are 8-17 overall and 6-12 in the GLIAC coming into the week and defeated Saginaw Valley State at home 68-63 this past Saturday. Davenport averages 59.1 ppg while surrendering 66.7 ppg to opponents. Forward Emily Severn powers the offense with a 12.6 ppg scoring average while center Jenna Falkneberg grabs a team high 8.4 rebounds per game. The Huskies claimed an 82-54 victory in the first meeting with Davenport on January 25th.
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 open the postseason when they host a GLIAC Tournament Quartefinal game in the SDC Wednesday February 28th. The opponent and game time are still to be determined.