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Wednesday. Dec. 19 • 2:00 p.m. at Minnesota Duluth
Michigan Tech (6-5) at Minnesota Duluth (5-2)
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WEEK SIX IN REVIEW
Michigan Tech fell to No. 20 Lewis University Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest 65-51 in the SDC Gym. The Huskies battled back from a slow start to tie the game 42-42 late in the third quarter, but the Flyers regrouped quickly and pulled away with an 18-7 scoring advantage in the fourth frame. Junior Ellie Welsh matched a season and career high with 15 points to power the Huskies' offense on Saturday afternoon. Welsh was 5 for 5 from the field and a perfect 4 for 4 from three-point land. Sophomore Cassidy Trotter followed with 12 points, three assists, and five steals while junior Abbie Botz chipped in four points and grabbed a team high nine rebounds. As a team, the Huskies connected on 20 of 56 shots from the field (35.7%), were 7 of 19 from behind the arc (36.8%), and 4 of 5 on opportunities at the free throw line (80.0%). The Huskies created 18 points off of 14 Lewis turnovers in the contest.
WELSH NAMED GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ellie Welsh was selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week, announced Monday by the conference office. Welsh had one of the best games of her career against 20th ranked Lewis University this past Saturday at the SDC Gym.
Welsh, a junior guard from Rockton, Illinois, matched a season and career high with 15 points to power the Huskies' offense on Saturday afternoon against the Flyers. Welsh was 5 for 5 from the field and a perfect 4 for 4 from three-point land. She also posted 15 points earlier this season against Bellarmine University at the USI Thanksgiving Classic November 24th. In addition to her shooting and scoring totals, Welsh tacked on a pair of assists and a rebound in the contest with Lewis.
Through 11 games in the 2018-19 season, Welsh is averaging 6.8 points per contest while converting on 48.1 percent of her shots from the field. She is second on the team in three-point shooting, finding the bottom of the net on 43.2 percent of her opportunities from long distance. Welsh is also second on the team in assists per game at 2.8 and on the boards she hauls down 2.3 rebounds each night.
Fast starts for the Huskies have been crucial to their success through 11 games this season. Tech is a perfect 6-0 when they lead an opponent at halftime, but are 0-5 when they are forced to play catchup beginning in the third quarter. Each of Tech's wins this year during the regular season have been by 10 or more points, so when they are able to establish a strong foothold, the Huskies have kept opponents in their rearview mirror. A quick beginning on the road Wednesday will be a big key against a tough Minnesota Duluth team.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
The Huskies are 11 games into the season and they rank near the top in multiple GLIAC statistical categories. The Huskies are fourth in the conference in assists per game (14.6), fourth in opponents field goal percentage (39.0%), and fourth in opponents three-point percentage (30.3%). The Huskies are third in points allowed per game (62.1), fourth in field goals made per game (25.6), fourth in field goal percentage (42.7%) and second in blocks per game (3.9). Senior Elizabeth Kelliher checks in fifth in the rankings in field goal percentage (57.7%) while freshman Ellie Mackay is fifth in three-point shooting percentage (48.8%). Sophomore Cassidy Trotter is sixth in the GLIAC in assists per game (3.5) and junior Ellie Welsh is 10th in assists per game (2.8). Junior Abbie Botz ranks eighth in the conference in rebounding (7.5) while Kelliher is fourth in blocks per game (1.8).
SERIES VS MINNESOTA DULUTH
Michigan Tech and Minnesota Duluth will battle for the 54th time in the series, which began on January 23rd, 1975. The Bulldogs own a 32-21 advantage all-time, but the Huskies have topped the Bulldogs in each of the last four showdowns. Tech prevailed 79-70 in overtime in the SDC last season on November 20th, which was the home opener for the Huskies. The victory ran Tech's record to 5-0 to begin the 2017-18 campaign. The Huskies led by as many as 14 points, but a late charge by the Bulldogs sent the game into the extra frame where the Huskies outscored UMD 18-9 to earn the win. The Huskies had four players with double figure point totals, led by Hannah Stoll with 18 points. Lindsay Winter fired in 17 points and collected 11 rebounds last year.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Minnesota Duluth enters Wednesday's game against Michigan Tech with an overall record of 5-2. The Bulldogs have notched two wins in a row by recording a 51-36 victory over Sioux Falls on Friday and a 60-39 decision in their favor on Saturday at home against Southwest Minnesota State. Minnesota Duluth is one of the top defensive teams in the Northern Sun Conference, limiting teams to just 51.7 points per game. The Bulldogs record 60.4 points per game as a team and are led by Sammy Kozlowski at 11.3 points per contest. Sarah Grow follows closely behind at 11.1 points per game and is the top rebounder on the club at 7.4 boards each time she takes the floor. The Bulldogs are converting on 39.9 percent of their shots from the field this year while limiting opponents to a 34.4 percent shooting clip. The Bulldogs have started games slow at times, being outscored 98-86 in the first quarter. However, they have regrouped quickly in quarters two through four, outpacing opponents in each of the three frames, including a 111-77 advantage in the second.
Sam Hoyt was named as the ninth head coach of the Michigan Tech women's basketball program, Director of Athletics Suzanne Sanregret announced Tuesday (May 29). Hoyt returns to Tech from the University of Sioux Falls where she served as an assistant coach. Hoyt was a standout player for the Huskies, helping lead the program to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship game as well as garnering multiple individual awards, including All-American Honorable Mention honors. Hoyt brings a wealth of coaching experience to Tech from both the NCAA Division I and II levels. In Hoyt's most recent stop at the University of Sioux Falls, she was involved in all facets of the program. She played an integral role in player development, served as the recruiting coordinator, created scouting reports, ran summer camps, and had responsibilities for film breakdown. Hoyt is Michigan Tech's seventh all-time leading scorer, amassing 1,434 career points during her four-year career which spanned 124 games. Hoyt owns the second highest career free throw percentage in program history at 84.8 percent and is tied for the second highest single season free throw percentage at 89.5 percent. The Huskies boasted an overall record of 103-22 during her career as a player.
The Huskies go into the Holiday Break and will be back on the court after the New Year when they resume GLIAC competition. Tech battles Ashland University on the road Thursday January 3rd and then heads to Wayne State University to close out the weekend Saturday January 5th.