|MICHIGAN TECH at Davenport / #4 Grand Valley State|
|Dates||Thursday, January 19 | Saturday January 21|
|Times||5:30 pm | 1 p.m. EST|
|Location||SDC Gymnasium | Houghton, Mich.|
|Radio||Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ|
|Live Stats||Thursday | Saturday|
|Game Notes||Thursday Notes|
|Tech’s Record||14-3, 6-1 GLIAC|
|DU’s Record||7-10, 1-6 GLIAC|
|GVSU’s Record||16-1, 7-0 GLIAC|
HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech (14-3, 6-1) brings a four-game winning streak to SDC Gymnasium Thursday when they host Davenport University (7-10, 1-6) at 5:30 p.m. The Huskies welcome No. 4 Grand Valley State (16-1, 7-0) Saturday at 1 p.m. Tech ranks second in the GLIAC Standings with 11 games remaining in the regular season.
LAST TIME OUT
- Ellie Mackay posted 19 points and Sara Dax marked her first double-double of the season as Michigan Tech marched to its 12th straight victory over Northern Michigan 69-56 Saturday afternoon at Berry Events Center.
- Isabella Lenz also played important minutes and finished with 14 points and five assists.
- Michigan Tech shot 48-percent (26-54) overall, including 33-percent (5-15) from beyond the arc.
- Tech grabbed nine offensive rebounds for a total of 38, compared to 28 for NMU.
- Mackay went 6-for-13 from the floor and Lenz was an efficient 5-for-10.
- The two combined for 10 of 10 free throws and the Huskies shot 92-percent at the line.
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE PANTHERS
- Michigan Tech swept the season series with Davenport in 2021-22, with an 86-75 win in Houghton, followed by a 71-51 score in Grand Rapids.
- Mackay led the Huskies with 25 points in the latter and Sara Dax came up just short of a double-double with 11 points, nine rebounds.
- Tech shot 44-percent from the field.
- Tech has won six straight matchups against Davenport with their last loss in Grand Rapids on January 2019.
- MTU has never lost to DU in Houghton.
- While the Huskies have not seen their name appear in the WBCA Top-25 National Rankings poll yet, they are in the top-10 in Division II in both free throw percentage (fifth) and turnovers per game (ninth).
- MTU committed 11 turnovers Saturday to stay under their 12.5 turnover average.
- The Huskies season low was six turnovers in a 76-63 home win over Lake Superior State on December 9 and have finished under 10 on four occasions.
- After shooting 12-for-13 from the free throw line Saturday, the Huskies are at 79.9-percent for the season.
- Alex Rondorf and Katelyn Meister are both over 91-percent from the line and Ellie Mackay is at 89.8 with a team-high 53 makes on 59 attempts.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS (7-10, 1-6)
- The Panthers hired Shona Sanders this season to turn around a program that has not had a winning season since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 2017-18.
- The team was picked to finish ninth in the league ahead of Lake Superior State with 10 newcomers on the squad.
- Last year’s leading scorer Toni Grace transferred for her graduate season to Alabama A&M after putting up 12.4 points per game and 1,394 career points at DU.
- Sophomore forward Lilee Gustafson (Highland, Mich.) has picked up the slack.
- She ranks third in the GLIAC with 9.4 rebounds per game along with team highs in points (14.2) and blocks (20).
- Senior guard Scout Nelson (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) averages 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds with a team best 48 assists.
- Davenport took down Wayne State 75-65 last time out at home in overtime.
- Tied at 61 at the conclusion of regulation, the Panthers outscored Wayne State 14-4 in the extra session, started by a 3-point basket by Alexa Kolnitys.
- Gustafson extended the lead with back-to-back baskets in the paint.
- Mary Liedel led the way with 17 points. She has five games in double-figures this winter.
- Jaci Walker marked a season-high 12 points off the bench.
SCOUTING THE LAKERS (16-1, 7-0)
- Grand Valley State’s only blemish this year was a 69-63 home loss to Lewis University on December 31, which dropped the Lakers from No. 1 to No. 4 in the country.
- The Lakers slipped past the Huskies 74-70 on overtime the last time the two teams met in Houghton on January, 20, 2022.
- Emily Spitzley sent the game to OT by draining a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
- GVSU made a pair of baskets to open the extra session and made free throws to close out.
- Tech’s fortunes did not turn around on the road (L, 61-45) against the nation’s best defensive team.
- The Lakers then ended MTU’s season in the GLIAC Semifinals in Allendale 71-57.
- Senior guard Emily Spitzley (Westphalia, Mich.) averages 15.1 points and 4.0 rebounds.
- She ranks fifth in the league in 3-point shooting percentage (42.2) and was All-GLIAC First Team as well as NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team.
- Head coach Mike Williams (eighth season) helped the Lakers go 30-2 overall last year, including 18-1 in GLIAC play as the team advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
- Top returners include Spitzley, Ellie Droste, and Rylie Bisballe.
- The Lakers have played just one ranked team through 17 games, a win over No. 20 Ferris State 78-70.
- They bring the eighth-highest scoring offense in Division II to Houghton on Saturday.
GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Paty Gallasova played a crucial role in the Parkside Rangers weekend road wins against Lake Superior State and Ferris State.
- Gallasova led the Rangers with 27 points and three assists against the Lakers.
- She followed up the performance with 20 points and eight assists against the Bulldogs.
- Gallasova has scored 20 points or more in her last three appearances and is averaging six assists per game during that stretch.
D2SIDA MIDWEST REGION RANKINGS
|1. Ashland (6)||18-0||1|
|T2. Grand Valley State||16-1||T2|
|4. Michigan Tech||14-3||4|
|5. Kentucky Wesleyan||12-4||5|
|T6. Truman State||11-5||Q8|
|8. Travecca Nazarene||11-6||NR|
|9. Ferris State||11-5||6|
RV: Northern Michigan, Wisconsin Parkside