LANSING, Mich. — Great Lakes Christian College women's basketball (0-1, 0-0) opened its season at the Doty Center on Monday night with a 78-44 loss to NAIA II Siena Heights University (2-0, 1-0).
Siena Heights took control of the game from the opening tip, building a 25-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter and leading 37-8 midway through the second. Great Lakes fought back with a 9-2 run to cut into the deficit late the second half, but went to halftime down 43-18.
GLCC came out strong in the second half, scoring the first six points of the third quarter and a game-high 17 points in the frame. The Saints built on their lead as the second half wore on, but Great Lakes fought with them down the stretch, only being outscored 35-26 in the second half as Seina Heights closed out a 78-44 win.
From the Box Score
- SHU's Peyton Banks led all scorers with 28 points on 10/10 shooting.
- Three players scored in double-digits for Great Lakes, led by Kerlunda Dervil with 13. Valerie Kopper scored 12 and Mystic Striker scored 10 while along leading the team in shooting efficiency (40% from the floor).
- Siena Heights out-rebounded GLCC 52-20 and grabbed 26 offensive boards.
- The teams combined for 51 turnovers (SHU-24, GLCC-27).
- Dervil and Oghenehoke Johnson led all players with six steals and three blocks, respectively.
What Coach Says:
"I'm proud of our ladies tonight! We made key adjustments at half time and the ladies persevered. We are going to surprise a lot of teams this year!"
The ladies begin a seven-game road stretch with a visit to NAIA II #21 Lawrence Tech University (1-1, 0-1) in Southfield, Mich. on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.