SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's basketball team hosted Rochester (Mich.) College on Senior Day and fell 64-57 at Don Ridler Field House.
The Blue Devils opened the game slow, struggling in the first quarter as Rochester jumped out to a 13-3 lead. The Warriors closed the quarter with a 17-7 lead. Rochester pushed their lead to 22-7 42 seconds in the second quarter. Lawrence Tech responded with a 13-4 run to cut the lead to six, 24-18 with 5:14 left in the quarter. Kendal Fisher highlighted the run, scoring nine of the 13 points.
Rochester (17-11, 11-7) went back up 27-19, but Emily Langolf three pointer at 2:34 sparked a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to one. Langolf scored five points during the run while Buckingham closed the quarter with four points to make it 29-28 Warriors.
Lawrence Tech opened the third quarter where they left off in the second, scoring the first seven points to take a 36-27 lead off a Kaitlyn Smith three. The Warriors cut the Blue Devil lead to two and with a pair of free throws and they tied it at 42-42 with 2:09 left in the third. Both teams struggled to find their shot in the final two minutes as Rochester took a 44-42 lead into the final quarter.
The Warriors pushed the lead to 48-43 with 6:52 and went up seven points, 57-50 with 3:07 remaining in the game. Smith made one of two free throws to cut it down to a six-point lead and Buckingham's pair of free throws made it a 57-53 lead. A turnover after a Buckingham steal gave Rochester a pair of free throws to make it 59-53, but Buckingham responded with a pair of free throws to make it 59-55.
The Blue Devils continued to battle down four with Fisher getting to the line to make it a 60-57 game with 22 seconds remaining. However, Rochester was able to make free throws down the stretch to hold off the Blue Devils comeback, taking it 64-57.
Kendall Fisher led the way with a career high 22 points and finished with four rebounds. Buckingham finished with her 16th double-double of her career, 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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