Understudies get job done for Tech women

BIG?RAPIDS – The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team was missing 19 points from its lineup Thursday at Ferris State, along with 10.3 rebounds and 50 minutes of playing time.

No Kylie Moxley. No Paige Albi.

No matter.

Sophomore Emily Harrison stepped into the starting lineup with seniors Kate Glodowski, Kelcey Traynoff and Heather Kessler picking up the slack off the bench, propelling the Huskies to a 78-70 win.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the seniors for being ready to go in this game,” Tech coach Kim Cameron said in a phone interview. “They took pride in the responsibility they were given tonight. We know how good a job they do every day in practice and they had an opportunity tonight to show it.”

With Moxley still sidelined with a back issue and Albi excused to interview for a graduate school position, the rotation called for different players in different places.

Similar results though.

Glodowski scored six of her eight points in the final six minutes of play to help spark a 14-1 run that gave the Huskies enough separation to hold off a final Ferris run.

While Kessler and Traynoff’s contributions are muted on the box score (five points combined), they were on the floor for half of the final 20 minutes as the Huskies pulled away from the host Bulldogs.

“Kelcey Traynoff did a really good job defensively for a long stretch,” Cameron said. “A ton of people came in and were ready to play tonight. It was really rewarding for our entire team as a whole.”

There were plenty of impact performances elsewhere too.

Jillian Ritchie chipped in with (by far) her best offensive game of the season, contributing 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with a trio of threes made. Ritchie is shooting just 32 percent from the floor this season and 23.5 percent from three.

Sophomore Dani Blake also turned in another stellar defensive performance, holding Ferris State’s Sarah DeShone to 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting, with zero made field goals in the second half.

“This game was really fun for me. There was some uncertainty of what was going to happen, but we knew somebody was going to step up,” Cameron said. “We have so much depth and so many talented and capable players. It was really fun to watch.”