Lake Superior State women’s basketball opens the 2017 calendar year on the road against a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division opponents on January 5th and 7th traveling to Ohio Dominican on Thursday and Hillsdale on Saturday.
Thursday’s matchup against ODU is slated for 5:30 p.m and Saturday’s game against the Chargers tips off at 1:00 p.m.
The Lakers (3-9, 1-4 GLIAC) currently sit in the eighth spot of the GLIAC North Division, while the Panthers enter Thursday’s matchup second in the GLIAC South Division with a 3-3 record in conference play and an 8-5 record overall. Hillsdale enters the week tied for fourth in the GLIAC South Division with an 8-5 overall record and 2-4 mark in the GLIAC.
- Senior guard Mackenzie Edwards continues to lead the Lakers this season and ranks 10th in overall GLIAC scoring at 15.2 points per game on the season. Edwards also ranks second among GLIAC players and third nationally in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 51.4 percent of shots from behind the arc.
- With a career average of 9.4 points per game, Edwards currently sits at 887 career points at LSSU.
- Following Edwards in scoring for the Lakers is sophomore Rachel Novotny at 9.0 points per game.
- Novotny is also averaging 5.3 rebounds per game and leads the Lakers with 1.5 blocks per game to pace the Lakers’ interior and rank eighth among GLIAC players.
- In splitting time at center with Novotny, Tamara Novic has averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in just 14.4 minutes of action per game this season.
- Freshman guard Clair Radtke (8.7 ppg) ranks sixth among GLIAC players in three-point field goal percentage (44.4) and 14th with 3.0 assists per game.
- Sophomore guard Valerie Meissner (8.4 ppg) leads the GLIAC with 5.0 assists per game.
- The Lakers average 69.1 points per game, ranking fifth overall among GLIAC teams. Defensively the Lakers allow 69.7 points per game, ranking 11th in the conference.
- From behind the arc this season the Lakers are clicking for a combined 39.36 percent, the second -best mark in the GLIAC.
- From the field the Lakers rank fourth in overall field goal percentage (44.0 percent).
- At the free throw line, the Lakers lead the GLIAC with a 83.6 percent mark during conference games and rank third with an overall mark of 77.7 percent.
This Week’s Matchups
The Panthers are led by senior guard Lauren Bates (14.4 ppg) and senior forward Madi Rittinger (10.5 ppg). Rittinger also ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg), while Bates leads ODU with 2.7 assists per game.
ODU ranks third among GLIAC teams with a 73.2 points per game average and is connecting for 35.0 percent from behind the arc. The Panthers also lead the GLIAC in overall free throw percentage (82.8), total rebounds per game (44.2 rpg) and offensive rebounds per game (15.6).
The Chargers are led by a trio of players averaging double digits per game. Sophomore guard Allie Dewire leads HC with 12.5 points per game and 2.8 assists per game, followed by junior center Allie Dittmer (11.5 ppg) and sophomore forward Makenna Ott (10.9 ppg).
Dittmer leads the Chargers in rebounding, and ranks third overall among GLIAC players averaging 8.2 rebounds per game.
The Chargers enter the week averaging just 65.1 points per game to rank 11th in the GLIAC, but average 62.4 points allowed to rank sixth.
Last Time Out (vs. Algoma 69-48, W)
Following a pair of losses against GLIAC opponents Lake Erie (Dec. 15) and Walsh (Dec. 17), the Lakers capped the 2016 portion of the schedule with a 69-48 win over Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) opponents Algoma (Dec. 19).
Led by a season-high 15 points from Novic, the Lakers cruised to an easy victory over their cross-river rivals.
ed throughout while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and hitting 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) shots from behind the arc. On the defensive end LSSU held the Thunderbirds to 24.2 percent from the field (16-66) and 16.2 percent (6-37) from three-point range.
LSSU eventually built their largest lead of the game, 28 points, with 2:57 remaining in the third quarter and despite being outscored 20-16 in the final quarter, held on for the 21-point victory.
Edwards also reached double digits for the Lakers, chipping in 11 points on four-of-seven shots from the field. The Gaylord, Mich., native also added six rebounds. Meissner added a game-high seven assists.
A Look Ahead
The Lakers return home to Cooper Gymnasium to host GLIAC rivals Ferris State next Thursday January 12th and Grand Valley State next Saturday January 14th. LSSU enters the week a half game behind the seventh-place Bulldogs (3-9, 2-4 GLIAC) in the GLIAC North Division standings and 2.5 games behind GVSU (9-3, 4-2 GLIAC) in third place.
Source: LSSU Athletics