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Blue Devils Knock Off Rival Madonna, 65-37, In Road Tilt

LIVONIA, Mich. - The 21st-ranked Lawrence Technological University women's basketball team defeated Madonna (Mich.) University, 65-37, in its second Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game of the season at the MU Activities Center in Livonia, Michigan, on Wednesday, November 14. Freshman guard Kendall Fisher (FR/Indianapolis, Ind.) led the charge with a game-high 20 points off the bench.

Lawrence Tech (6-2, 1-1) finished the game shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 75.0 percent from the line. The Blue Devils forced Madonna into 17 turnovers that led to 12 points to go with 10 second-chance points that LTU capitalized on with 12 offensive rebounds.

Fisher's 7-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-4 from deep, contributed to her career-high 20-point performance. Nicole Buckingham (SR/Saginaw, Mich.) finished with 19 points and her fifth double-double of the season bringing down 11 boards. Cherilyn Banas (SR/Oxford, Mich.) dished out a game-high four assists.

Madonna (0-5, 0-1) finished the game shooting 25.0 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from three-point land, and 28.6 percent from the free throw line. LTU's defense limited the Crusaders to just one double-digit scorer in Claire Leroux, who had 11 points on the outing.

Lawrence Tech outscored Madonna 26-12 in the paint. In addition, the Blue Devil bench outscored the Crusader bench 25-18 and won the battle on the glass 46-40.

After opening on an 18-5 run, LTU had the game in hand heading to the locker room with a 39-18 advantage. Lawrence Tech closed the first quarter with an 11-point lead and added 10 more points to its lead by the end of the second quarter.

Teryn Kline (SO/Fort Wayne, Ind.) kicked the second quarter open with a layup to give the Blue Devils that 18-5 lead. A few moments later, Kaitlyn Smith (JR/Holly, Mich.) grabbed a rebound that led to score a three-pointer to give Lawrence Tech a 14-point edge. The Blue Devils outscored MU 23-13 in the quarter with 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The largest lead of the game for LTU came early in the fourth quarter. Following a missed layup by the Crusaders, Rachel Price (JR/Springboro, Ohio) pulled down the defensive board to start the counter. Kline worked her way open for a lay-in at the rim to put Lawrence Tech up 61-30. The Blue Devils would only score four more points over the next eight minutes.

Lawrence Tech will be back in action on Saturday, November 17, at 1 p.m., as the Blue Devils host the University of Northwestern Ohio at the Don Ridler Field House.