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LSSU Basketball Closes Out Regular Season with Two-Game Home Stand

Lake basketball set for homestand


Cullen Maksimowski,

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— The Lake Superior State men's and women's basketball teams will host a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents inside the Bud Cooper Gymnasium this week playing their final two-game set of the regular season.

On Thursday, LSSU welcomes in Grand Valley for a double header beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the women and the men following at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Lakers host Purdue Northwest at 1 & 3 p.m.

Both games will be streaming live on Stretch TV.

Having been eliminated from postseason contention, Lake Superior is looking to end its 2017-18 campaign with some positive momentum heading into the offseason.

LSSU is 2-21 overall on the season with a 1-17 mark in GLIAC competition. GVSU is 21-5, 14-4.

For the season, Lake Superior is averaging 57.6 points per game and shooting 41 percent from the field with a 32.5 clip from three-point range. Grand Valley is shooting 43.2 and 34 percent.

Senior forward Tamara Novic leads the team in scoring and rebounding this season averaging 12 points per game and 6.4 boards per game. Novic ranks No.3 in the GLIAC in field goal percentage at 57.6.

Sophomore guard Abigail Ostman is posting 8.3 points per contest. Lexie Khon is averaging 8.1 and shares the team lead in three-point shooting with Courtney Jacobsen with a 37.5 percent clip.

GVSU is led offensively by Jenn DeBoer who is posting 12.7 per contest. Taylor Parmley is averaging 11.9.

MBB Game Notes: LSSU vs GVSU
With a postseason berth and a first round home game in the GLIAC Tournament under wraps, Lake State is looking to avenge its, 66-62, road loss to their Laker counterparts on Jan.18 and remain unbeaten inside the Bud Cooper.

Lake State is 20-6 overall this season and own second place in the GLIAC North Division with a 14-4 conference record. Grand Valley is 14-12, 9-9 and hold the No.5 spot in the North Division and have clinched a postseason berth.

LSSU comes in averaging 80.5 points per game, which ranks No.2 in the league and are No.3 defensively 68.6. GVSU is averaging 77.1 points per contest while allowing 71.2.

Senior guard Akaemji Williams paces the team in scoring and ranks No.3 in the conference averaging 18.8 points per game. Williams leads the league and ranks No.7 nationally in ball handling with 7.0 assists per contest.

Michael Nicholson, a senior forward, leads the GLIAC and ranks No.8 nationally in offensive efficiency with a 64.7 field goal percentage on the year. Nicholson is averaging 11.8 points per game and leads the team on the glass with 7.9 boards per game.

Blake Marquardt has been the team's best sharpshooter this season with a 51.6 percent clip from behind the arc which leads the nation.

Hunter Hale leads Grand Valley offensively averaging 13.3 points per game. Jake Van Tubbergen is posting 11.9.

A Glance at the Pride
The PNW women are 4-19 overall this season with a 3-15 mark in the GLIAC. Shae Rhonehouse leads the team averaging 11 points per contest.

The men's squad is 2-24 overall and 2-16 in the conference. Tyree Coe is the team's leading scorer at 12.7 per contest.

Both teams are slated for home matchups with No.2 Ferris State Thursday evening.

Special Events/Promotions:

  • Senior Day- Saturday
  • Alumni Reunion- Saturday

On the Horizon:
After Saturday's action the Laker men will gear up for home GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal tilt set for next Wednesday (Feb.28) at 7:00 p.m.
Opponent and ticket information will be announced next week and can be purchased at the Norris Center Ticket Office or online at