Michigan Tech Game Notes (PDF)
Thurs. Jan. 10 • 5:30 p.m. vs Ferris State • Sat. Jan. 12 • 1 p.m. vs Lake Superior State
Michigan Tech (8-6, 4-2 GLIAC) vs Ferris State (7-5, 4-2 GLIAC) and Lake Superior State (5-8, 0-6 GLIAC)
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WEEK EIGHT IN REVIEW
Michigan Tech split a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games this past week at No. 8 Ashland and Wayne State. The Huskies stayed with the Eagles for the first half, but Ashland turned the tide in their favor in the third quarter. Freshman Ellie Mackay and junior Hannah Hobson guided the Huskies' offense with 13 points apiece Thursday night. Each player knocked down 50 percent of their shots from the field and combined for seven successful three-point tries. Freshman Cassidy Trotter chipped in 10 points and nine assists to round out the double digit scorers for Tech while junior Abbie Botz added nine points and a team best four rebounds. On Saturday, the Huskies bounced back from the tough loss Thursday at Ashland, outscoring the Warriors 25-9 in the second quarter to establish momentum and take control of the game. Botz led a trio of Tech players who posted 10 or more points in Saturday's victory with 14. Botz also grabbed a team best eight rebounds, blocked a shot, and produced a steal. Mackay followed with 13 points and three assists while Hobson rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
The Huskies have spent a good amount of time on the road and they've seen some good success when playing outside the friendly confines of the SDC. Tech goes into week nine of the regular season with a record of 4-2 in true road games while recording a mark of 2-1 on neutral courts. Although it's not counted in the official results, the Huskies claimed a 66-61 exhibition victory at NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan back on November 1st. Tech embarks on a four game stretch at home beginning Thursday night against Ferris State.
ECONO KIDS FOOD DAY
This Saturday is the ECONO Kids Food Day at Michigan Tech. Tadych's Econo Foods of Houghton has purchased 500 youth tickets for Saturday's Michigan Tech Athletic events including women's and men's basketball along with hockey. Hockey tickets are general admission but can be upgraded to reserved seats if you visit or call the SDC Ticket Office at 906-487-2073. Basketball tickets are general admission. Adults can also purchase a ticket to all three games for only $24 when you show an Econo Foods Kids Ticket at the SDC Ticket Office. There is no limit to the number of adult tickets you can purchase with proof of an Econo Foods Kids Ticket. The first 250 kids to basketball and the first 500 kids to the hockey game can get a free hot dog at the concession stand thanks to Vollwerth's. Michigan Tech Athletics and Econo Foods have partnered together annually for more than a decade on Econo Foods Kids Day.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
The Huskies are 14 games into the season and continue to rank near the top in multiple GLIAC statistical categories. The Huskies are fourth in the conference in assists per game (14.7), third in opponents field goal percentage (39.0%), and fourth in opponents three-point percentage (29.4%). The Huskies are third in points allowed per game (61.9), fourth in field goals made per game (25.4), fourth in field goal percentage (42.9%) and second in blocks per game (3.9). Senior Elizabeth Kelliher checks in seventh in the rankings in field goal percentage (54.1%) while freshman Ellie Mackay is fourth in three-point shooting percentage (50.0%). Sophomore Cassidy Trotter is fourth in the GLIAC in assists per game (3.9) and junior Ellie Welsh is 12th in assists per game (2.8). Junior Abbie Botz ranks eighth in the conference in rebounding (7.3) while Kelliher is fifth in blocks per game (1.6).
SERIES VS FERRIS STATE AND LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
Michigan Tech leads the all-time series with Ferris State 50-27 going into Thursday's game. The Huskies took two out of three from the Bulldogs last season, winning 80-77 on the road and 80-63 at home during the regular season. The Huskies faced Ferris State in the GLIAC Quarterfinals and suffered a 67-57 setback in that contest. The loss snapped a 12-game winning streak for Tech against the Bulldogs.
The Huskies also own a sizable lead in the all-time series with Lake Superior State heading into Saturday afternoon's showdown. Tech has won 21 straight games against the Lakers, including 77-47 and 75-65 decisions in 2017-18. Lake Superior State's last win against the Huskies came on February 25th, 2008 in Houghton 56-53. Tech began the current 21 game winning streak nearly 10 years ago with a 74-56 triumph at the SDC on January 24th, 2009.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Ferris State enters Thursday's game with an overall record of 7-5 and 4-2 in the GLIAC. The Bulldogs and Huskies are currently deadlocked in second place in the North Division standings. Ferris State is 5-0 at home this season, but the team has struggled a bit on the road at 2-5. The Bulldogs are third in the conference in scoring at 73.7 points per game and rank second in the league in field goals made per contest at 28.8. The Ferris State defense leads the GLIAC in steals per night at 11.4 going into Thursday's showdown with the Huskies. The Bulldogs are led on offense by Adrienne Anderson who pours in 11.2 points per game while Brayene Benner guides the team on the boards with 6.3 each time she takes the floor. She is also blocking 1.9 opposing shots per night as well. As a team, Ferris State is surrendering 68.6 points to their opponents.
Lake Superior State is 5-8 overall, but 0-6 in the GLIAC going into their game at Northern Michigan Thursday night. The Lakers have lost two in a row, falling at Davenport 75-64 and Grand Valley State 71-50 last week. Free throw shooting is a strength for Lake Superior State, ranking fourth in the conference in free throws made per game at 12.8. Lexie Khon powers the Lakers' offense at 14.1 points per game in 13 starts this season. Khon is also the top rebounder on the club, hauling down 5.6 boards each time she takes the floor. Lake Superior State is averaging 62.4 points per game while surrendering 70.4 to opponents this season.
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 remain at home next week to face Grand Valley State and Davenport for two GLIAC contests. The Lakers are 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the GLIAC entering league games this week at home against Saginaw Valley State and Northwood University. Davenport holds an overall record of 4-9 and are 2-4 in the GLIAC. The Panthers will face Saginaw Valley State and Northwood as well.