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Laker women finish off 2007-08 season with a win at Michigan Tech



Jaclyn Armstrong

Feb. 25, 2008

HOUGHTON - The Lake Superior State women's basketball team closed out the 2007-08 season with a 56-53 victory at Michigan Tech on Monday.

The Lakers (12-14 overall, 8-10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) battled MTU to the wire for the second time this season. They avenged a Feb. 2 six-point home loss to the Huskies. Michigan Tech (20-7 overall, 13-5 GLIAC) is the North Division's top seed heading into the GLIAC Tournament, which begins Saturday.

The post play of LSSU's Jaclyn Armstrong, Danielle Makins and Alyssa VanderWal was the difference in the game. Armstrong led the Lakers with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Makins had six points. VanderWal finished with eight points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals.

LSSU led 30-29 at halftime, but fell behind by eight points, 48-40, with 9:06 remaining in the game. Makins and Allison Jaynes made back-to-back field goals to cut the deficit in half, 48-44, with 7:32 remaining.

Amanda Epolito made a layup for LSSU, and VanderWal scored after a Michigan Tech miss and Lake State timeout, trimming MTU's lead to 50-48 at the 4:46 mark. An offensive foul on Michigan Tech led to a three-pointer by Laker Shelle Rochon and a 51-50 LSSU lead.

LSSU guard Shalyn Beauchamp picked up her fourth foul after an MTU miss at 2:56, but the Huskies failed to convert. Armstrong was fouled while shooting and made the second of two free throws to give the Lakers a 52-50 edge.

Michigan Tech's Katie Zimmerman hit a three-pointer with 1:22 remaining, putting the Huskies in front, 53-52. Zimmerman's basket ended a 13-2 LSSU run.

After another LSSU timeout, Armstrong was fouled on the offensive boards. She made both ends of a one-and-one to put the Lakers back on top, 54-53.

VanderWal held her ground on the defensive end and forced a Michigan Tech turnover with 26 seconds to go. Seconds later, an errant LSSU pass gave MTU another chance to take the lead, but the Huskies missed a layup. Armstrong grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws with four seconds remaining to secure the win.

LSSU shot 40.8 percent from the field, including 4-of-15 from three-point range. The Lakers made 12-of-15 free throws. Armstrong and VanderWal were a combined 10-of-13 from the field and 11-of-13 at the line.

The Lakers also out-rebounded Michigan Tech, 35-32.

Danae Danen scored 15 points to lead the Huskies, who shot 37 percent from the field, including 5-of-20 from three-point range. They were 8-of-13 at the free-throw line.

LSSU, which finished fifth in the North Division, will sit out of the GLIAC Tournament for the first time since the 1999-00 season.



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