Women’s Basketball: MTU women fall to Ashland

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team fell to Ashland University 85-68 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference matchup Saturday.

The Huskies kept things close early and the defense kept the Eagles’ offense off track at times, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get past the No. 4 team in the nation.

“I was really proud of how our players continued to compete today regardless of the score,” Michigan Tech head coach Sam Hoyt said. “Overall, I thought we did a good job of giving our best effort and executing the game plan on each possession. We did seem a little timid against their zone defense, which kind of hurt us by slowing down our offense and movement.”

Ashland (13-0, 5-0 GLIAC) was paced by Renee Stimpert’s 20 points.

Michigan Tech (5-7, 3-2 GLIAC) was led by Cassidy Trotter’s career-high 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists.

Tech closed the gap back to one point at 17-16 on a triple by senior Ellie Welsh with 1:29 to play in the first. However, the Eagles put together a quick 6-0 run to close out the first and held a 23-16 advantage going into the second quarter. The gap increased to 26-16 on a layup by Hallie Heidemann with 8:21 to go in the half, before a layup from senior Michelle LaFave stopped the burst by the Eagles.

Ashland continued to create more separation during the next few minutes of the quarter, culminating on a Loomis jumper to make it 40-21 with 2:33 left in the half. It was the largest lead of the afternoon for the Eagles, but the Huskies kept battling and picked up some momentum right before the buzzer. Tech engineered an 8-0 scoring run to finish off the half, with six of the points being delivered by Trotter and two courtesy of Hobson. Trotter posted the final points of the period at the buzzer, resulting in a 40-29 deficit for Tech at the intermission.

The Huskies visit Parkside for a GLIAC showdown starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.