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SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- The (RV) Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's basketball team defeated Great Lakes Christian (Mich.) College, 98-39, on December 21 at the Don Ridler Field House. Junior Guard Kaitlyn Smith (JR/Holly, Mich.) led the charge with 20 points as she scored six three-pointers.
Lawrence Tech (12-4, 5-2) finished the game shooting 52.0 percent from the field, highlighted by a 51.7-percent effort from three-point land. The Blue Devil's bench contributed with 39 points. LTU forced the Crusaders (0-11, 0-0) into 12 turnovers that led to 15 points to go with 28 more that came off 20 offensive rebounds.
The Blue Devils controlled the glass, outrebounding the Crusaders 61-26. In the sides' first matchup on November 7, LTU hauled down a season-high 63 boards.
Smith's team-high performance consisted of 7-for-13 from the field and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Nicole Buckingham (SR/Saginaw, Mich.) recorded her ninth double-double in 16 games, as she chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cherilyn Banas (SR/Oxford, Mich.) led the squad with a season and game-high nine assists.
Great Lakes Christian struggled to shoot the ball, as the Crusaders shot just 22.4 percent from the floor and failed to knock down a three-pointer. Oghenehoke Johnson led the team with 15 points.
Lawrence Tech grabbed control of the game early in the first quarter, as they outscored GLCC, 27-7. The Blue Devils extended the advantage to 36 points by the end of the second quarter and went into the break with a 50-17 lead. LTU shot 50 percent from the field and brought down 32 boards in the first 20 minutes of action.
Midway through the third quarter, with the starters sitting, the Blue Devil bench contributed 15 points and to push the lead out to 80-30. LTU assisted on eight of 11 field goals.
With three minutes remaining in the game, Emily Langolf (SO/Macomb, Mich.) laid one up-and-in for two of her 15 second-half points to give LTU its largest lead of the contest at 63. However, the Crusaders finished on a 5-1 run to reduce the deficit to 59 by the end of the contest.
The Blue Devils will be back in action for their last game of 2018 on Saturday, December 29, when they visit Point Park (Pa.) University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tipoff is set at 4 p.m.