SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - The Lawrence Technological University women's basketball team had their third straight game at home to start off their 2019 season, finishing the game up 70-44 on the Alma College Scots (Mich.) moving to 2-1 in their season.
Kendall Fisher led the team in points with 15, grabbing five assists and making all six her her free throw opportunities. Right behind her was Kaitlyn Smith who had 13, including going 5 for 9 in the field goal range. Also grabbing double digit points was Danielle Hanson with 11 points. Hanson also led the team in rebounds with eight.
The start of the first quarter was close, including neither team not finding a rhythm inside the paint. While the Scots (0-1) went 45% from the field goal range in the first, the Blue Devils made up for their low 29% in making their numerous free throws, only missing one, and only fouling once.
In the second, the Blue Devils kept the ball moving, including Hope Dollarhide and Gabby Gough coming off the bench and making several key plays to get the momentum up for LTU. Once again, they had many opportunities on the line, going 4 - 6 from the foul line and out rebounding the Scots 11 to 7. Closing the half, the Blue Devils scorched ahead with a 29-18 lead.
Opening the third, Kaitlyn Smith scored a quick jump shot from the assist of Fisher, setting the fast paced domination of the third by LTU. While a failed attempt came from the Scots end, the Blue Devils missed their own chance, but capitalized on another foul opportunity created by Alma. Throughout the quarter, they would sink 53% of their field goals, go four for eight from the three point range and make six out of seven free throws. Smith surged to the races with 11 points in the third alone, going four out of five from the paint and three out of four outside the three point line. The Blue Devils also out rebounded Alma again, going 13 to their 5, including Hanson grabbing four. LTU scored 26 points alone in the third.
In the fourth, the Blue Devils let up a bit on the Scots, allowing them to go 4 for 8 from in the paint, yet shut Alma down in three point range. Despite this, LTU cruised to the 70-44 win with a highlight of a 78.3% free throw average.
Up next, the Blue Devils stay at home to face Grace Christian College (Mich.) on November 6th. Tip off is set for 11 am on that Wednesday.