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Game Recap: Tech women defeat Saginaw Valley State 63-42
February 23, 2012 - Michael Bleach
Blogger Note: As I posted the men's recap early, I figured it wouldn't hurt to post the women's story early as well.
HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech women's basketball team prides themselves on playing disciplined, unabating man-to-man defense with no gimmicks or loopholes.
The Saginaw Valley State women's team switches between a soft 2-3 and 3-2 zone.
Coincidentally, the final score between the two squads Thursday night was 63-42.
Tech finished the contest with 21 assists on 26 made baskets and led by as much as 26 late in the second half. The final margin would have been greater, but the Huskies were cold from 3-point range, hitting just 1-of-10 in the first half and 5-of-20 for the game.
"I get mad when zone works," Tech coach Kim Cameron said. "I get so mad because I feel like we work so hard on our defense and I kind of feel like (zone) is cheating. If we can't expose that I get upset, but tonight we did a great job working for open shots and hitting cutters in the paint."
The Huskies opened the game on an 11-2 run and then held the Cardinals scoreless for a 10-and-a-half minute stretch to close out the half with a 31-13 lead.
Saginaw had just four made field goals in the opening period, didn't collect and offensive rebound and turned the ball over 10 times.
Tech's man-to-man defense was relentless.
"The first half especially our intensity was great," Cameron said. "We really shut down some of their top players. To hold any team to 13 points in a half is a big tribute to our team. They took a lot of pride in that."
"If you hold them in the beginning, they start to get flustered and shoot up bad shots," Tech sophomore forward Kate Glodowski added. "And we feed off that."
Lindsey Lindstrom, a reigning GLIAC first-team All-Defense member, impressed in particular.
Matched up against slashing guard Kayla Womack, Lindstrom held the Cardinal's second leading scorer to zero points on 0-of-6 shooting with three turnovers in the first half.
The Huskies blocked seven shots for the game — four by Lindstrom — all with the same technique: Move your feet and put your hands straight up. That discipline kept Saignaw off the free throw line in the first half with only four total attempts.
"I thought our position defense was phenomenal, especially in the first half," Cameron said. "They couldn't go to the baseline, they couldn't pass off. Our help was there, our sink was there, everybody was just in the right position."
And as impressive as Lindstrom was defensively, Glodowski shone that much offensively.
The sophomore forward led the team with 12 points (on 6-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes), but it was her passing that most impressed. Whether receiving the ball in the high post or on the baseline, Glodowski found cutters time and time again for layups or earned trips to the free throw line.
"Oh my gosh, she is so good against the zone," Cameron exclaimed. "She loves playing against it. She sees everything, her vision in the high and low post is awesome."
The high-low game exploited the Cardinals zone all night, with Lindstrom and Glodowski combining for eight assists.
"It is funny, when Kate comes in everyone else notices what she does and then they try to emulate her," Cameron said. "She has just a huge impact on the team."
"In high school I played against a lot of zone so I am pretty used to it," Glodowski added. "It is easier for me to cut and see cutters. You just have to hit the open pass when teammates are making great cuts."
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