HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech dominated Hillsdale on both ends of the floor en route to an 88-57 victory at the SDC Gym tonight. The No. 11-ranked Huskies won their 12th straight game and clinched at least a share of the program’s 13th GLIAC regular season title in the process.
Hillsdale (16-7, 11-7 GLIAC) took a 6-3 lead in the opening three minutes. They didn’t score again for 10 minutes as the Huskies embarked on a 26-0 run. Kelli Guy scored nine points and Emily Harrison added six more during the stretch.
Tech (21-1, 17-1 GLIAC) forced the Chargers into 13 turnovers in the half with nine steals and took a 45-18 lead into halftime.
The margin grew to as many as 31 during the second half, and the hosts were able to get all of their reserves playing time. Hannah Stoll scored her first career points with a jump shot in the paint. Elisa Jurmu posted a career-high six points with a 3-pointer and three free throws.
“This was a great statement game,” said Tech coach Kim Cameron. “Our defense was awesome. I’m happy how we came out and defended our home court and took care of business.”
Guy paced the Black and Gold with 21 points, going 7-of-8 from the field including 5-of-5 from 3-point range (the school record is 6-of-6). Brenna Heise was also nearly perfect, making 5-of-6 from the field for 13 points. Morgan Anderson and Danielle Blake also reached double figures with 11 and 10, respectively.
Tech shot 53 percent from the field and a season-best 71 percent (10-of-14) from 3-point range. Hillsdale shot just 39 percent from the floor.
The Huskies tied a school record for free throw attempts with 40 in the game. They made 32 of them to account for their highest point total of the season.
Michigan Tech improved to 12-0 at the SDC Gym this season and has won 14 straight at home dating back to last season. The Huskies will play host to Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 14) at 1 p.m. Tech’s two seniors, Harrison and Jillian Ritchie, will be honored in an on-court ceremony following the game.
(Information/Photo Courtesy of MTU Athletics)