Despite shooting woes troubling Lawrence Tech (19-8, 11-6) in the first half, the Blue Devils finished the game shooting 33.8 percent from the field, which included 41.2 percent from deep. The Blue Devils won the battle on the glass, 50-44, after grabbing 41 defensive rebounds. LTU's bench outscored Michigan's, 20-17.
Buckingham has gone 26-for-27 from the free-throw line in the last five games, including a 10-for-10 in today's meeting. Her performance consisted of 11-for-25 from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point land. She also led the squad with four assists. Teryn Kline, Kendall Fisher, and Danielle Hanson contributed with two helpers apiece. The Blue Devils had three double-digit scorers as, in addition to Buckingham, Hanson and Kline contributed with 14 points each. Fisher paced the team with three steals.
Michigan (22-6, 14-5) shot 30.3 percent from the field and 28.6 from beyond the arc. The Wolverines forced Lawrence Tech to 16 turnovers that led to 12 points. Ro'Zhane Wells led the squad with 20 points, four blocks, and four assists, and contributed with eight rebounds. Micah White paced the Wolverines with nine boards off the bench.
The Blue Devils had a slow first quarter as they were outscored 14-9 by Michigan. In the 6:05 mark of the second quarter, the Wolverines achieved their largest lead, of 11 points, for the first time. However, a layup by Hanson a few seconds later sparked a 14-4 run that would make LTU cut the 11-point deficit to one with three minutes left of the first half. For the moment, this would not be enough, as Lawrence Tech went into the locker room trailing 36-25 after a 10-0 run by Michigan.
The Blue Devils would not give up though, as Buckingham opened the second half with a layup. The team outscored the Wolverines 17-8 in the third, reducing the 11-point deficit to only two by the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, a layup by Buckingham and a jumper by Hanson tied the game in two occasions before the Blue Devils took the lead after Buckingham knocked one down from deep. Lawrence Tech went on a 9-0 run to achieve its largest lead, of 9 points, for the first time with a layup by Hanson in the 6:03 mark. The Wolverines reduced the Blue Devils advantage to four points within the next few minutes. Following a block by Buckingham, Cherilyn Banas grabbed the defensive rebound and worked her way to score a layup to give LTU a 9-point lead for the second time. Michigan then went on an 11-2 run to tie the game with seven seconds remaining.
An aggressive game in overtime by the Wolverines led the Blue Devils to go 8-for-10 from the charity stripe and outscore Michigan 8-3.
Lawrence Tech will be back in action on Wednesday, February 13, at 6 p.m., as the team will host Cornerstone (Mich.) University (2-26, 1-17) at the Don Ridler Field House.
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