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Buckingham's 10th-Straight Double-Figure Game Tames Cardinals, 58-53

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's basketball team knocked off Concordia (Mich.) University-Ann Arbor, 58-53, on Saturday, December 8, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Senior guard Nicole Buckingham scored in double figures, 16 points, for the 10th-consecutive game.

Lawrence Tech (10-3, 5-2) overcame a slow start to the outing, forcing the Cardinals into 16 turnovers and scoring 11 points off them. Even though the Blue Devils were outrebounded, 40-35, their seven offensive rebounds led to eight second-chance points.

Led by Emily Langolf's career-high 16 points, LTU's bench chipped in 17. LTU shot 40-percent from the field, but struggled from the charity stripe, combining for 8-of-16. For the fifth time this season, the Blue Devils recorded double-digits steals, notching 10. Neither team could find its rhythm from beyond the arc, as Lawrence Tech went 6-of-19 and the Cardinals 5-of-19.

Buckingham and Langolf led the Blue Devils with 16 points apiece. In addition, Buckingham recorded team-high nine rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. Danielle Hanson led the team with three steals. In 26 minutes of action, Kaitlyn Smith contributed nine points, hitting 3-for-4 from deep.

Katie Snow paced Concordia (0-10, 0-7) with 14 points to go with a game-high 4 steals. Allyson Hunt pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.

The first half of the game was a back-and-forth affair with five ties and neither side mounting more than a five-point advantage.

Teryn Kline opened the scoring with a three-pointer to spark a quick 5-0 start for Lawrence Tech. The first tie came six minutes into the opening quarter at 10-10, which was part of a 9-2 run put together by the Cardinals to close the first quarter with the lead, 14-12.

The Blue Devils went on a run of their own, though, to take the lead, 21-16, midway through the second quarter. Langolf took over, scoring seven points in the final 3:42 of the half to send LTU into the locker room up 30-27.

Concordia erased the deficit and regained its lead within three minutes of play out of half. LTU knotted the game on three occasions in the third, but couldn't take the lead back until 3:41 to play with Buckingham scoring three the old-fashioned way off the bucket and the foul. The Blue Devils faced a seven-point hole twice in the fourth.

LTU outscored the Cardinals 18-6 over the final six minutes of play. Smith connected from deep with 2:34 to play to give Lawrence Tech a four-point edge. The Blue Devils hit three of their four free throw attempts down the stretch to clinch the 58-53 victory.

Lawrence Tech is back in action on Wednesday, December 12, as the Blue Devils visit Holy Cross (Ind.) College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.