Lakers Defeat Cardinals in GLIAC Semifinal to Advance to Title Game, 71-58.

Grand Valley State University

ASHLAND, Ohio—For the second season in a row, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball team defeated Saginaw Valley State in the GLIAC Tournament semifinals, and will once again advance to face top-seeded (and top-ranked) Ashland in the title game following Saturdays 71-58 victory. Janae Langs finished with a  double-double effort of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lakers, who also received double-digit efforts from Bailey Cairnduff (14 points) and Taylor Parmley (12 points/10 rebounds). Taylor Lutz finished just two points shy of a double-double in finishing with a career best 10 rebounds. Unsurprisingly, the first half of play between the two teams was tight, as neither built a significant advantage in the first two quarters of play. Poor shooting by the Lakers saw them miss their first four shots and fall behind 5-0, only to score six straight points to jump in front as the Cardinals missed five straight shots of their own. With eight seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Cardinals tied the game at 12-12 with a pair of free throws, which the Lakers answered with a Langs jumper to go up 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Cardinals mounted a small run to erase a three point GVSU lead and turn it into a 21-17 SVSU lead. Saginaw Valley State did so on three straight triples by Francesca Coury, a freshman guard that had just 20 made triples on the season heading into Saturday’s contest. Two layups from Langs and one from Parmley in quick succession put GVSU back on top, 23-21, which SVSU answered with a free throw and a layup. A layup by Cairnduff with 1:29 left put the Lakers up 25-24 and would be the final points scored in the quarter, as GVSU held the narrow one point lead at the halftime break. After an old-fashioned three point play from …

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