Tech women aim to continue winning ways

Michigan Tech’s Kelli Guy paced the Huskies with 25 points against Ursuline on Saturday. Tech heads to Minnesota after starting 2-0. (David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette)

HOUGHTON — It didn’t take long for either Lindsay Winter or Kelli Guy to prove they can take on the role as Tech’s leading scorer. 

Winter paced Tech with 29 points and 11 rebounds in Tech’s 65-48 season-opening win over Davis & Elkins, while Guy finished with 25 points in the Huskies’ 81-67 victory over Ursuline for a 2-0 start to the season. 

The No. 21 Huskies will now prep for a showdown at No. 19 Minnesota State Moorhead tonight at 8 p.m. before traveling to face Minnesota-Crookston on Friday at 7 p.m.

“We really needed Lindsay on Friday,” Tech coach Kim Cameron said. “It was first-game jitters and apprehension, and she just buckled down and got the job done. 

“The biggest thing with (Kelli) is her willingness to make a change from last to this year as far as her expectation for herself. When she makes one, she’s not afraid to shoot another one. When she misses, she’s not afraid to shoot again. Her growth as a shooter was evident this weekend, and if we can continue to build and have other people step up in that role every night, that’s only going to make us a better team. 

Both Winter and Guy had near-perfect shooting nights. Winter converted 12 of 14 shots (5 of 7 from 3) in her career-high scoring night, and Guy was 9 of 12 (7 of 10 from 3). 

Winter followed up her 29-point game by flirting with a triple-double against Ursuline when she finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. She was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week for her efforts, as the opening weekend was a stark contrast from last season for the 5-foot-6 guard who had to sit out the first five games due to injury.

“She’s an unbelievable piece of our puzzle,” Cameron said. “Her toughness sets the tone, and she got us through with her leadership from a vocal standpoint and getting the job done. It taught and gave confidence to everyone around her. That stuff can go unnoticed.”

Utilizing the post was a point of emphasis in the preseason for the Huskies and while Guy and Winter led the way, sophomore forward Elizabeth Kelliher provided Tech with an inside presence by scoring 13 points against Davis & Elkins and 12 versus Ursuline. 

“She had two great second halves,” Cameron said of Kelliher. “She learns throughout the game and then she assesses and made the correct adjustments from the first half to the second half. 

“Her presence opens up the perimeter as well. If she can dominate and be a threat, it’s going to help out our shooters.”

The matchup against Tech will be the season opener for Moorhead. The Dragons are led by senior forward Drew Sannes, who was named the 2017 North Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year after averaging 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. 

The Friday matchup with the Huskies will also be the debut for Minnesota Crookston. 

Tech’s home opener is Monday when they host Minnesota Duluth. 

“We learned what it feels like to play good,” Cameron said of the team’s 2-0 start. “I think that’s very important. It raises your standard and creates a higher standard to build from. They really liked the way that they felt and the energy that they made for themselves, and it was a really cool atmosphere. “The Ursuline game taught them to expect more from themselves and we need that going into (tonight).”

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