Laker Women’s Basketball Fall to Oilers in Season Opener

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State University women’s basketball program (0-1) fell in their season opener to the Findlay Oilers (1-0) by a final score of 83-73 on Friday.

The Oilers were able to get out to the early lead in the opening quarter, but a pair of threes from Gracey Metz (Hartland, Mich.) helped the Lakers carve into the Findlay lead. Breah Golden (Arcadia, Wis.) would then hit a jumper to close out the quarter with the Oilers leading 18-3.

The Oilers pushed back ahead early in the second quarter, but the Lakers answered with a 7-0 run that was capped off with a Grace Bradford (Maple City, Mich.) and-one. Both teams would continue to battle for the remainder of the quarter with Findlay eventually taking a 34-27 lead into the halftime break.

Findlay struck first in the second half, but the Lakers fought back with a 13-2 run to get back to within five with multiple baskets from Bradford and Jaden Wilder (Manton, Mich.). However, the Oilers were able to push back ahead, and despite a strong push from LSSU and multiple driving layups from Amanda Roach (Hartland, Mich.), Findlay was able to hold on and close out the game at the free throw line.

Bradford led the way offensively, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Meanwhile, Roach, Metz, and Golden also finished with double-digit scoring with 15, 14, and 10 points, respectively. 

The Lakers will be looking to bounce back against the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Bud Cooper Gymnasium with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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