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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - The 21st-ranked Lawrence Technological University women's basketball team defeated Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference rival University of Northwestern Ohio, 56-53, on Saturday, November 17, at the Don Ridler Field House in Southfield, Michigan. With the win, head coach Kylene Biggs notched her 50th career win.
"I was proud of our kids' resilience," said Biggs. "We continuously talk about our effort, attitude and being resilient, and our players really showed grit today by fighting until the buzzer went off."
Lawrence Tech (7-2, 2-1) overcame a slow night shooting by forcing the Racers (3-4, 0-2) into 21 turnovers. The Blue Devils took full advantage of the extra possessions, scoring 36 points of the UNOH miscues. Despite being outrebounded, LTU brought down 16 boards on the offensive.
Teryn Kline (SO/Fort Wayne, Ind.) recorded a career-high seven rebounds, surpassing her previous mark of five. Danielle Hanson (JR/East Lansing, Mich.) led the charge with 18 points, knocking down 7-of-22 from the field, while Cherilyn Banas (SR/Oxford, Mich.) dished out a team-high three assists. Kendall Fisher (FR/Indianapolis, Ind.) finished with a game-high four steals, and Nicole Buckingham (SR/Saginaw, Mich.) made her presence felt with three blocks and 13 points in 37 minutes of action.
The University of Northwestern Ohio won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Blue Devils 46-36. Fataya Larry had a game-high 16 rebounds to go with her team-high 11 points. It was the Racers' bench though that gave LTU trouble, contributing 20 points.
It was a back-and-forth affair, as the game was tied on 11 occasions with 14 lead changes. After 20 minutes of basketball, neither team could find an edge, heading to the locker room knotted at 21.
The largest lead of the game for Lawrence Tech came in the third quarter. Following a jumper by UNOH, Kaitlyn Smith (JR/Holly, Mich.) struck back with her first three-pointer of the game to give the Blue Devils a five-point lead, 32-27. LTU outscored the Racers, 17-14, in the third quarter, shooting 40 percent from the field highlighted by a pair of three-pointers.
UNOH battled back though, engineering a five-point lead of its own midway through the fourth quarter. Fisher sparked a 12-4 run over the final four minutes with five of her nine points. Buckingham would give LTU the lead it would hold onto for the remainder of the contest with a jumper with nearly two minutes left on the clock. Fisher closed the quarter the same way she opened it, with two free throws to give LTU its three-point advantage. Fisher finished the day a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Northwestern Ohio struck first to open the game, but the Blue Devils set the tone for what would be a closely fought game, responding quickly. The teams continued going back-and-forth for the eight remaining minutes of the first quarter. Hanson closed the quarter with a jumper to give Lawrence Tech a 9-8 lead with a minute left on the clock.
No one could distance themselves in the second quarter, as there were seven lead changes throughout the 10 minutes. Kline went 2-of-2 in the frame from beyond the arc, but it was not enough to manufacture a run as Northwestern Ohio outscored LTU 12-13 heading to the break.
Lawrence Tech will be back in action on Wednesday, November 28, as the Blue Devils visit Cornerstone (Mich.) University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.