Women's Basketball Falls In GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals 68-55 At Grand Valley State

Jordyn Nurenberg finishes her career with a 32 point, 13 rebound effort against GVSU
Jordyn Nurenberg finishes her career with a 32 point, 13 rebound effort against GVSU

OVERVIEW – GRAND VALLEY STATE – GLIAC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS

SCORE:  Grand Valley State Lakers 68, Northwood Timberwolves 55

RECORDS: Northwood (16-11), Grand Valley State (22-6)

LOCATION: GVSU Fieldhouse Arena – Allendale, Mich.

RECAP: Third-seeded Grand Valley State ended No. 6 seed Northwood's season with a 68-55 victory in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals Tuesday night (February 28).

FIRST QUARTER

  • Northwood scored the first five points of the game, which proved to be the largest lead of the opening quarter.
  • The teams led for nearly the same amount of time in the opening quarter – NU led for 3:50 while GVSU led for 3:39. The game was tied for 2:31.
  • The Lakers eventually took a 15-11 lead after the opening quarter.
  • Northwood finished the quarter at 41.7 percent (5-12) compared to GVSU at 40.0 percent (6-15). The Lakers made two more 3-pointers to earn the lead.

SECOND QUARTER

  • Both teams made runs in the second quarter – GVSU got the early spurt in the quarter, opening up a 28-18 lead with 5:33 remaining in the half.
  • The Timberwolves responded, however, scoring 12 of the next 16 points to make the score 32-30 with less than two minutes to go.
  • GVSU then scored the final five points of the half to take a 37-30 lead at the break.

THIRD QUARTER

  • GVSU scored the first five points of the third quarter to go up 42-30.
  • The Timberwolves got the lead down to six at 46-40, but the Lakers scored 10 of the final 11 points of the quarter to go up 56-41 heading to the fourth.
  • Northwood struggled from the floor in the third, making just 2-12 of their field goal attempts (16.7 percent).
  • Grand Valley State was strong once against offensively in the third, going 5-9 from the floor (55.6 percent) 2-2 from 3-point range and 7-8 from the foul line (87.5 percent).

FOURTH QUARTER

  • Grand Valley State maintained control in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 19.
  • The final margin of 13 was as close as the Timberwolves got in the fourth.
  • Northwood finished the fourth quarter at 40 percent (6-15) while the Lakers shot 28.6 percent).

GAME STATS

  • FG PERCENTAGE: Grand Valley State .479 (23-48), Northwood .353 (18-51)
  • 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Grand Valley State .500 (7-14), Northwood .200 (2-5)
  • FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Grand Valley State .789 (15-19), Northwood .762 (16-21)
  • REBOUNDS: Grand Valley State 33 (seven offensive), Northwood 28 (nine offensive)
  • ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Grand Valley State 15/13, Northwood 6/12

TOP NU PERFORMERS

GAME NOTES

  • Nurenberg's big game pushed her up to fifth in school history in points (1,419) and second in rebounds (801) in Northwood history.
  • There was a brief power outage late in the third quarter of the game that delayed the contests for a few minutes.
  • Nurenberg joined fellow seniors Delaney Kenny, Emily Kutch and Sami Stormont in playing their final career games.