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ROCHESTER, Mich.- The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's basketball team downed Rochester (Mich.) College, 53-41, at the Garth Pleasant Arena in Rochester, Michigan, on January 2. Senior guard Nicole Buckingham (SR/Saginaw, Mich.) recorded her 10th double-double of the season as she scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 boards.
Despite shooting woes in the first and fourth quarters, Lawrence Tech (14-4, 6-2) turned 15 Rochester (12-7, 6-4) turnovers into 13 points and took advantage of 11 offensive rebounds with nine second-chance points. LTU's defense limited all of the Warriors' scorers to single-digits.
Buckingham's performance was composed by 8-for-20 from the field. Danielle Hanson (JR/East Lansing, Mich.) led the squad with five assists in 26 minutes of action, while Rachel Price (JR/Springboro, Ohio) and Buckingham recorded a team-high two steals each.
Rochester shot 28.3 percent from the field, which included 23.1 percent from three-point land, and 57.1 percent from the line. Devan Valko led the squad as she scored nine points and hauled down four rebounds.
The first quarter had four lead changes and five ties. The Blue Devils had a slow start from the field, closing the opening frame down 16-14.
Kaitlyn Smith (JR/Holly, Mich.) opened the second quarter by knocking one down from deep to give LTU the 17-16 lead. Lawrence Tech would only build onto the lead for the rest of the outing. LTU went into the locker room with a six-point advantage, 29-23, after shooting 40 percent from the field in the second.
Buckingham opened the second half of the outing with a layup that would start an 11-0 run for the Blue Devils, pushing the lead out to a game-high 17 points.
Even though Lawrence Tech had trouble shooting from the field in the fourth quarter, LTU outscored the Warriors 13-9 to close the contest with a 53-41 lead.
The Blue Devils will be back on the court on Saturday, January 5, at 1 p.m. when they visit Lourdes (Ohio) University (5-9, 2-6) in Sylvania, Ohio.