This past week, the women’s basketball team had two road games, losing both.
On Thursday, Nov. 29 the women traveled to Illinois State University to take on the Redbirds, losing by six points, 62-56. After being outscored 18-5 in the first quarter, the Golden Grizzlies had a tough deficit to fight back from. A seven point run at the end of the quarter brought the game closer, but the Redbirds answered in the third quarter, bringing the lead to an insurmountable amount.
Myka Cromwell scored a career-high 13 points, and Kayla Luchenbach added a career-high six points as well.
The women’s basketball team took to the road to face off against Bradley University on Saturday, Dec. 1. Kahlaijah Dean led the team in scoring with 20 points, and only missed one shot. Two other Golden Grizzlies scored double figures, but the 64-point output was not enough to defeat Bradley, as they lost 73-64.
Dean added seven rebounds to her statline, one fewer than the team leader, Chloe Guingrich. At one point the team trailed by 19 points in the second half, but were able to shoot 69 percent in the fourth quarter. This fourth quarter shooting performance was enough to make the game close, but Bradley was able to hold off the Golden Grizzlies in the end.
The women’s basketball team ends their two game road trip on Wednesday, Dec. 5 as they return to the Blacktop to take on the Michigan State Spartans. Four days later on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., they will face off against the University of Michigan Wolverines in the “Overflow the O” game in an attempt to break the attendance record for a women’s basketball game.
Track and Field
The track and field teams traveled to Tiffin, Ohio, to face the Tiffin University Dragons in the Tiffin University Open Alumni Meet. Zach Stadnika headlined the road trip, breaking a seven-year school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.21.
The Golden Grizzlies sprinters had a good day at Tiffin, as Corey Goodloe placed second in the 800m sprint with a time of 2:02.22 and Jimmie Williams placed second in the 300m (35.68) and 600m (1:25.50) sprints.
The women’s 4×400 relay team of Chanel Gardner, Cassidy Newburg, Kathleen Pencak and Megan Earles took first at the meet with a 4:04.96 run. Paige Sanders took first place with a 17 ft., 9.5 in. long jump, and Rachel Levy was the fastest mile runner of the day, running a 5:04 mile.
The Track and Field teams both resume competition on both Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at Saginaw Valley State University.