Tech women win, sweep LSSU
HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team moved their winning streak to three games with a come-from-behind win against the Lake Superior State University Lakers on Sunday.
With the 69-49 victory, the Huskies move to 5-1 on the season while the Lakers fall to 1-5.
Saturday’s matinee looked a lot like Friday’s night game at the Wood Gym. It was a slow start for both teams in the first two periods while the Huskies dominated the second two quarters.
“We made shots in the second half, and in the first we did not,” stated Tech head coach Sam Hoyt. “I thought we were open (in the first), and our offense looked good, but the ball just wouldn’t fall.”
The Huskies shot just 20 percent from the field in the first quarter while the Lakers posted a 25 percent average. LSSU took a 29-26 lead into the locker room at half. Then came the third quarter where the Huskies outscored the Lakers 23-12. The fourth quarter was even better as Tech out shot LSSU 20-8.
The Huskies had four players in double figures. Jordan Ludescher led the way with 15 points. Cassidy Trotter had 14 points. Sara Dax followed with 12, and Ellie Mackay scored 10.
Makenzie Bray led the Lakers with 12 points.
“Jordan was really aggressive on both sides of the ball,” Hoyt said. “She had nine rebounds as well. Cassidy is shooting it well also. She gets to the rim and is making good decisions.”
Up next is the The Huskies host GLIAC North conference rivals Northern Michigan University (4-1) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Huskies will face a Wildcat team that is averaging 68.8 points per game and shooting 44 percent from the field. They are led by Makaylee Kuhn and Erin Honkala who both averaging 8.3 points per game.
Hoyt added that to be successful on Tuesday they will have to continue their good ball movement. The Huskies had 13 assists on Saturday compared to the Lakers five.
“I tell the girls to move the ball around,” Hoyt said. “I think that contributed to four of our players being in double digits. We share the ball well.”
Also key for Tech will being more accurate three-point shooting. The team shot just 20 percent in the first two quarters and improved to 30 percent by the end of the game.
“I think once someone hits one it can change the momentum and everyone starts hitting them,” she said. “I’d like to start the game with that and not wait till the second two periods to find the net.”
She added that the team is excited to face NMU.
“We’ve been looking forward to this one all year she said. It should be a good one.”