No. 16 Tech women top SVSU 71-43

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Michigan Tech extended its winning streak to five games with a 71-43 GLIAC victory at Saginaw Valley State Thursday. The Huskies’ defense held the Cardinals to a 25.9 percent shooting clip from the field and had 11 players score points in the contest.

“I thought overall our team played really well, especially our bench players who gave us a big lift tonight,” coach Kim Cameron said. “Our minutes tonight were strong and we were even better defensively in the second half than we were the first. Everybody played their roles well, got stops, and did a great job rebounding the basketball. I’m really proud of our bench for coming in and helping us finish the game with an even stronger second half.”

Michigan Tech (19-3, 13-2 GLIAC) and Saginaw Valley State (5-17, 5-10 GLIAC) went back and forth through most of the first quarter.

Kelli Guy closed the period with five-consecutive points for the Huskies, which ignited a 12-2 scoring run through the end of the first and into the second.

Tech carried the momentum forward into the second period when senior Brenna Heise drove to the basket for a layup followed by a 3 from Guy. Heise then gave the Huskies their first double-digit lead of the evening at 24-13 on layup with 7:04 to go in the half.

Michigan Tech then generated the first eight points of the third quarter to go up 44-23 with 6:46 on the clock. Meanwhile, the Huskies’ defense allowed just two Saginaw Valley State field goals and six total points in the third period to put the game out of reach.

Guy paced the Huskies’ offense with 17 points followed by Hannah Hobson who matched a career high with 12 points.

The Huskies finished the night converting 28 of 61 shots from the field (45.9 percent), they were 7 for 23 from three-point range (30.4 percent), and 8 of 12 at the free throw line (66.7 percent). Tech out-rebounded the Cardinals 47-32, recorded 38 points in the paint, and the bench was responsible for 28 points .

Hannah Settingsgaard led Saginaw Valley State with 11 points. The Cardinals made 14 of 54 shots from the floor (25.9 percent), were 2 of 13 from behind the arc (15.4 percent) and 13 of 22 at the free throw line (59.1 percent).

The Huskies will return to the court on Saturday when they travel to Northwood for another GLIAC contest. The tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.