No. 18 Tech women bounce back with win over Davenport

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Michigan Tech recorded an 82-54 GLIAC win over Davenport Thursday afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie. The Huskies outscored the Panthers 24-4 in the second quarter to pull away and grab the momentum after a tightly contested first quarter.

“Our second quarter was really good today, holding them to just four points,” Michigan Tech coach Kim Cameron said. “We are heading into the final segment of our season before the tournament starts and we have to continue to focus on our consistency. There are so many signs of greatness on our team which we see on the court. I’m proud of our players because I felt like there was big effort made and they took pride in this game. As we start putting things together for the stretch run, this was a good confidence builder for us going into the second half of the GLIAC schedule.”

Davenport (7-11, 5-6 GLIAC) struck first on a pair of free throws by Hannah Wilkerson 43 seconds into the game. No. 18 Michigan Tech (15-3, 9-2 GLIAC), kept the Panthers from adding any more points until junior Elizabeth Kelliher got the Huskies on the board with a layup.

From there the first quarter was a back-and-forth affair. But the Huskies took control of the game in the second quarter, opening on the strength of a 15-0 scoring burst. Meanwhile, Tech’s defense prevented the Panthers from scoring for nearly the first seven minutes of the second.

Kelliher powered the Huskies for the second straight contest with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds. Brenna Heise followed with 14 points and added six rebounds of her own. Michelle LaFave chipped in 10 points off the bench.

The Huskies will be back on the court Sunday afternoon when they host rival Northern Michigan in the SDC Gym at 1 p.m.