Tech momentum squandered at GV

ALLENDALE – One game after the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team turned in what head coach Kim Cameron called its “finest defensive performance of the season” in a 60-46 win over Ferris State, the Huskies struggled to maintain their stingy demeanor, falling 76-64 at Grand Valley State Saturday.

The Lakers were led by 30 points from forward Briauna Taylor and shot 50 percent as a team as Tech allowed more than 73 points for the sixth time this season.

“You have to take a win against a top team like Ferris and let it propel us to the next game. But we failed to do that,” Cameron said in a phone interview. “Every time (in conference play) that we have let a team score over 70 points we have lost.”

Taylor asserted herself early in the first half, scoring 16 of the Lakers’ 37 points to quickly build a lead.

Then, as Tech adjusted in the second half, the Lakers’ role players knocked down some open shots, before Taylor was able to finish the game off at the free throw line, where she made 9-of-12 for the day.

“(Taylor) can do pretty much everything,” Cameron said. “She is strong, can shoot and I think it jump started her game when she hit an early three. She is a very emotional player and when she hits the first one you can find yourself in some trouble.

“On top of that, everybody was very efficient for them. We couldn’t contain their second and third options.”

Struggles shooting doomed the Huskies, combined with Taylor’s onslaught. The team combined for 34 percent total shooting with 18-of-24 misses from three.

“I felt we had some good open looks, especially in the first half that we missed,” Cameron said. “We have to start making them.”

As a lone bright spot for Tech, senior Emma Veach continues to progress through her knee injury and turned in a final stat line of 12 points (50 percent shooting), nine rebounds (four offensive) and seven assists against zero turnovers.

“She has been able to play some more minutes as she is feeling pretty good and pretty healthy,” Cameron said.

“She is such an efficient scorer, that when she is shooting that well we have to get her some more shots.”