Lakers End Season With NCAA Midwest Region Semifinal Loss to #1 Ashland, 77-62

Grand Valley State University

ASHLAND, Ohio.—The postseason journey for the Grand Valley State women’s basketball team ended abruptly on Sunday, as the Lakers fell to #1 Ashland in a pitched and hard fought affair, 77-62. GVSU ends the season at 24-8 overall after making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Janae Langs led GVSU with 16 points in her final game in a Laker uniform, collecting five rebounds, six assists and three steals as well. Bailey Cairnduff added 13 points, while Korynn Hincka notched 12 . The Lakers fell to Ashland (33-0) for the third time this season, but not for lack of effort. Grand Valley State fell behind 27-18 after the first quarter, but outscored the Eagles 15-7 in the second quarter to climb within one point at the halftime break, 34-33. It was in the third quarter that the Eagles would start to pull away with a 19-14 advantage in the frame, and would further outpace GVSU in the final quarter of play, 24-15. Ashland got off to a hot start early in the first quarter by scoring the first four points of the game, and after a Cairnduff triple, scored eight straight points to go ahead 12-3 with 7:13 remaining in the quarter. Later, after the Lakers found their stride offensively and brought it to 14-9 , the Eagles would stretch the lead to 20-11 with two and a half minutes left to play, before later closing out the quarter on a 4-0 run capped by a pair of free throws by GLIAC Player of the Year Laina Snyder to get the margin to 27-18 at the end of the first quarter. After the Eagles opened up the second quarter with six straight points to pull ahead 32-18, GVSU got layups from Hincka and Langs to trim the margin to 10 points. Snyder later hit a layup with 4:22 left, Ashland’s final points of the quarter, putting Ashland up 34 …

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