Michigan Tech Game Notes (PDF)
Wed. Feb. 28 • 5:30 p.m. vs Ferris State
#20 Michigan Tech (23-4, 17-3 GLIAC) vs Ferris State (14-14, 8-12 GLIAC)
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WEEK 14 WRAPUP
Michigan Tech split the final two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games of the season this past week at home in the SDC Gym. The Huskies fell to Wayne State 71-69 on Thursday night, but bounced back with a 60-44 win at home over Davenport on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. Michigan Tech enters the postseason with an overall record of 23-4 and had a 17-3 mark against conference opponents, earning the GLIAC North Division regular season title. On Thursday against the Warriors, senior Kelli Guy powered the Huskies offense with 30 points followed by senior Hannah Stoll with 16 points. Junior Michelle LaFave chipped in 11 points off the bench and junior Elizabeth Kelliher had eight points and a team high 10 rebounds. In Saturday's victory over the Panthers, the Huskies built a seven point lead at halftime and then outscored Davenport 20-12 in the third quarter to pull away. Senior Brenna Heise paced the Huskies with 12 points, nine rebounds, had a career high four blocked shots, and three steals in Saturday's win. Guy followed with nine points, sophomore Baille McGirk chipped in a season high eight points and senior Elisa Jurmu added seven points for the Huskies. Eleven different players had at least two points in the contest while five different players distributed two assists.
GUY AND HEISE GET 1,000
Michigan Tech had two players reach the 1,000 point milestone for their careers in back to back games last week. Senior Kelli Guy reached 1,000 career points this past Thursday night by scoring a single game career high 30 points against Wayne State. Guy made 10 of 13 shots from the field, including going 7 for 8 from behind the three-point arc which also matched a career high for triples in a single game. Guy is one of the top scorers on the team this season, averaging 12.0 points per game while ranking second in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage (41.5%). Guy currently has 1,023 points going into Wednesday's quarterfinal game against Ferris State.
Senior Brenna Heise joined Guy on Saturday by surpassing 1,000 points in her Tech career. Heise paced the Huskies with 12 points, nine rebounds, had a career high four blocked shots, and three steals in Saturday's win. Heise is Tech's leading scorer at 12.3 points per game and is connecting on over 50 percent of her shots from the field. Heise has 1,003 career points going into the postseason. Guy and Heise are among the list of 25 players who have surpassed 1,000 career points in program history.
The Huskies go into the GLIAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed in this year's field of eight teams. Tech will host No. 7 seed Ferris State in a quarterfinal game at the SDC Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. The Huskies battled the Bulldogs twice during the regular season, with Tech prevailing in each contest. The Huskies hosted former GLIAC member Ohio Dominican University in last year's quarterfinal and won 82-66 to advance to the GLIAC Final Four. The other teams to make this year's conference tournament are Ashland, Davenport, Grand Valley State, Northern Michigan, Wayne State, and Northwood.
HUSKIES RANKED 20TH IN WBCA POLL
Michigan Tech fell to No. 20 in this week's edition of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Huskies have been ranked as high as 10th this season and held the 17th spot the previous two weeks. Michigan Tech earned 129 points in this week's poll and are one of two GLIAC teams ranked in the top 25. Ashland remained unbeaten last week and is now 28-0, keeping the No. 1 ranking with 600 points and all 24 first place votes. Grand Valley State retained a spot in the receiving votes category once again this week.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Michigan Tech remains ranked near the top of the GLIAC in multiple statistical categories through 27 games this season. The Huskies lead the GLIAC in blocked shots per game (5.3, 10th in NCAA II) and fewest turnovers per game (12.4, 13th NCAA II). The Huskies are second in three-point shooting percentage (36.2%), assist to turnover ratio (1.33, 9th NCAA II) and third in assists per game (16.5). The Huskies have made 47.1% of their field goals which is second in the conference (6th NCAA). They are third in the GLIAC in scoring at 72.4 ppg. The defense is also third in the conference in limiting opponents to 60.1 ppg. Senior Lindsay Winter is second in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.61, 5th in NCAA II) and third in total assists with 107. Senior Kelli Guy is first in the GLIAC in triples made per game (2.52) and second in three-point field goal percentage (41.5%). Junior Elizabeth Kelliher leads the conference and is 26th in NCAA Division II with 65 blocked shots.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Ferris State closed the regular season with an overall record of 14-14 and were 8-12 against GLIAC opponents in 2017-18. The Bulldogs fell to Grand Valley State at home on Saturday 77-64 in the season finale. Ferris State topped Purdue Northwest 83-47 on Thursday last week. The Bulldogs boast a high powered offense which is ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring at 76.3 points per game. They also rank second in field goals made per game at 29.3, but their defense surrenders 72.8 points per game to opponents. Ferris State leads the GLIAC in rebounding with an average of 41.0 per night.
Rachel McInerney guides the offens with a 16.7 ppg scoring average and in addition hauls down 9.6 rebounds per game which is tops in the conference. Leah Humes followed McInerney with a 10 points per game scoring average through 28 games this season.
The Huskies edged Ferris State 80-77 on the road in the first meeting of the season back on January 11th. The two clubs faced each other in Houghton February 15th with Tech picking up the win 80-63. The Huskies lead the all-time series with Ferris State 50-26.
Kim Cameron begins her eighth season at Michigan Tech in 2017-18 and is the first Division II head coach in Tech history to lead a team to a national title game appearance (2011). Tech's historic run through the NCAA Tournament came just months after Cameron was appointed to the position on June 17, 2010. The 2011 and 2015 GLIAC and 2011 WBCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year has accumulated 158 wins in her first seven seasons on the job. Her winning percentage (.772) is the best of any coach in the program's history, a list that includes three Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Famers (Cheryl DePuydt, Kevin Borseth and Darla Olson).
If the Huskies prevail over Ferris State Wednesday they will advance to the GLIAC Final Four beginning with the semifnals on Saturday. The highest remaining seed followed the quartefinal round will host this portion of the tournament.