SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's basketball team (1-0) kicked off the 2019-2020 season with an electrifying performance at the Don Ridler Field House. The Blue Devils competed against the Pioneers of Point Park (Pa.) University (0-1) in game one of the LTU Women's Basketball Classic. The Blue Devils were victorious by a score of 85-71. This was Head Coach Grace Howrigon's first career win as a head coach.
The first quarter of action saw a back and forth battle between the Blue Devils and Pioneers, but saw the Blue Devils ahead 21-19 after the first 10 minutes. Leading the Blue Devils was Kendall Fisher who connected for two three-pointers and sank four free-throws to make her quarter total 10 points.
In the next quarter, the Blue Devils were able to go on run late and distance themselves. With 6:21 left on the clock, the score was 26-25 Blue Devils. It was here that the run started, and they outscored the Pioneers 19-8 to finish the half and went into the break, up 44-34. Teryn Kline was the scoring leader for the Blue Devils in this quarter. She went 3-5 from the field, including 2-3 from long range, finishing the quarter with eight points.
Coming out of halftime with a 10 point lead, it would have been very easy for a sluggish start to the second half, but the Blue Devils did not give the Pioneers any breathing room. The Blue Devils scored 16 points in the third, while the Pioneers scored 15. Kaitlyn Smith and Kline each hit two three-pointers in the quarter to score 12 of the 16 Blue Devil points. The Blue Devils took a 60-49 lead into the final quarter.
It was another back and forth quarter, and the Blue Devils just never let the Pioneers back into the game. Both teams were trading buckets, and the Pioneers were never able to get the game closer than eight points. The Blue Devils finished the game on an 6-0 run to make the final 85-71.
The Blue Devils had three players reach double digits in scoring on the evening. Kline led all scorers with 25; Kendall Fisher was next with 19. Fisher ended the night with a double-double because she also logged 10 assists on the night. Danielle Hanson was the other member of the Blue Devil team with double digit points with 16. As a team the Blue Devils shot 40% from the field and 34% from beyond the arc. Defense was also a strong point for the Blue Devil squad as they collected 24 defensive rebound, 12 steals, and had nine blocks.
Howrigon was very pleased with how her team played tonight and had this to say about her team, "I'm really proud of this team and how they came out with energy and it never wavered. Point Park tried to get going on a run, but our energy and resilience really proved to be the difference maker. That same energy, combined with teamwork translated into runs for us. It was a great start to the season and I am really proud of these women. We are excited for tomorrow for another game vs. a quality opponent."
That quality opponent for the Blue Devils will be Xavier (La.) University (0-1). Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 4:00pm at the Don Ridler Field House on Saturday, October 26th.