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Blue Devils Fall 56-63 to Siena Heights in WHAC Opener Game

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- The (21) Lawrence Technological University (Mich.) (2-1|0-1 WHAC) women's basketball team fell to Siena Heights University (Mich.) (1-0|1-0 WHAC) 56-63 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference opening game this evening in the Don Ridler Field House.

The Blue Devils struggled at the beginning of the first quarter, as Siena Heights scored a 3-point field goal within the first minute of the game. In the 01:46 mark the Saint amplified their lead to 5-0. However, Teryn Kline (SO/Fort Wayne, Ind.) reduced the difference after scoring a free throw two minutes into the quarter. Four minutes into the game, the Blue Devils were below in the scoreboard 11-5 but tied one minute later Lawrence Tech tied the game with one 2-point and one free-throw field goals of Kendall Fisher (FR/Indianapolis, Ind.) and one 2-point field goal of Danielle Hanson (JR/East Lansing, Mich.). However, the Saints had a 20-14 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Lawrence Tech dominated the third quarter, as they led the scoreboard for most of the time, except for the two times Siena Heights tied the game in the 5th and 7th minutes. The Blue Devils in charge of scoring throughout this 10 minutes were Hanson, Kline, Nicole Buckingham (SR/Saginaw, Mich.), Fisher, and Cherilyn Banas (SR/Oxford, Mich.). LTU went to the third quarter break with a 41-38 lead.

Siena Heights came back from the 3-point deficit halfway through the fourth quarter when Peyton Banks scored a 2-point field goal to give the visitors the 47-46 lead. The Saints amplified the distance in the scoreboard to six points in the 05:20 mark and the Blue Devils were close to tying the game after reducing it to two points in the 8th minute when Hanson scored two free-throw field goals. By this time, the score was 54-56. However, it was not enough and the Saints won the game with a final score of 63-56.

Fisher was the top scorer for Lawrence Tech with 15 points and had a Field-Goal Percentage of 54.5%. Hanson and Kline, who scored 13 and 10 points respectively and had FGPs of 27.2% and 14.3%, followed Fisher. Buckingham was the player with most assists, three, followed by Fisher, Hanson, and Banas with two. Additionally, Hanson and Buckingham were the Blue Devils with most rebounds, nine and seven respectively. As a team, Lawrence Tech had a 30% FGP, 21.1% 3-Point Field-Goal Percentage, and 64 % Free-Throw Percentage.

Lawrence Tech will be back on the court on Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 PM in the Don Ridler Field House to face Wright State-Lake University (Ohio).