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Tech women hope to extend 13-game winning streak

Michigan Tech’s Jordan Ludescher (21) blocks a shot against Davenport on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Houghton, Mich. (David Archambeau/For the Gazette)

HOUGHTON — It has been quite a week for the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team.

The Huskies clinched the top spot in the GLIAC North with a weekend sweep of Grand Valley State while on the road. Saturday’s game included an impressive come-from-behind run. Tech was down by 11 points with less than three minutes to play and then seven points with under a minute in game before sealing the deal. Tech head coach Sam Hoyt couldn’t be prouder of her team’s effort in the 54-44 win.

“It was one of the best comebacks I have been apart of as a player or a coach,” she said. “To fight back like they did shows a lot about how hard they work.”

The win also pushed the Huskies (15-1) up from No. 19 a week ago to No. 10 in the WBCA National Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. While Hoyt has been adamant that polls are not important to her, she said her team has earned it.

“They deserve it, and I am so proud of them,” she said.

This weekend’s last regular-season home match up will be an interesting one as it will pit the GLIAC’s number-one offense, Wisconsin Parkside (9-7), against the Huskies who are the number-one defense in the conference.

The Rangers are averaging 74.6 points per game. They are shooting 45% from the field and 31% from three-point range. Their scoring leader, Alyssa Nelson, is the number- two scorer in the conference with a 19.4 points-per-game average.

“We will need to step up our defensive urgency,” said Hoyt. In particular, we will need to communicate well on defense to get through all their screening action. I would like to see our

offense come together more and hit a few more shots as well.”

The Huskies come into this weekend with a 13-game winning streak. The last time that occurred was in 2014-15. The longest winning streak in the program’s history in 18 games which occurred in 2010-11.

They are averaging 64.9 points per game as they are shooting 41% from the floor. From three-point range they are shooting 32%. Elli Mackay leads the Huskies in scoring with 14.3 points per game.

Saturday’s game at the Wood Gym will mark senior’s weekend for Tech. The team will bid farewell to Cassidy Trotter and Baillie McGirk.

“They have been so incredible,” noted Hoyt. “I cannot thank them enough in the way they have led the team on and off the floor. They certainly will be missed in so many ways. I know that after they graduate and enter the workforce they are going to make any place better one.”

Tip off is set for 3 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the Wood Gym.

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