The Grace women’s basketball team has been a quick starting team for most of their games so far this season. Friday night was an exception to that rule. Coming off an emotional and hard fought win the night before, the Lady Tigers looked a step slow in the first half of their game against midwest regional foe, Northland International University.
Northland came out with their guns blazing and knocked down five three-pointers in the opening half to come away with a 33-31 lead at half time. The Tigers made some defensive adjustments and rode their All-American, Jessica Sikorski, to take control in the second half. Jessica scored 18 second half points and finished with 31 for the game. She also grabbed 25 rebounds, including 20 on the defensive end to control the paint all game long.
Kerie Rudd also had a nice game with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. She made a couple of nice driving layups late in the second half to help seal the victory. Marissa Pelletier was also in double figures with 11 points. Naomi Walker and Kara Cunningham each added four, and Stephanie Miller and Ashton Willis added two points apiece.
“We came out a little flat in the first half, which I almost expected to happen,” Coach Rich Renzema commented after the game. “It is tough to come off an emotional and hard fought win the night before and come out with the same energy. I am proud of the way they came out in the second half and gave it everything they had. Jessica really controlled the inside tonight. She was unstoppable and her rebounding on the defensive end allowed us to keep more pressure on their really good perimeter players. I am very pleased with the two wins this weekend. All of the girls did a great job.”
The Lady Tigers will take to the road next week as they play at Kuyper on Tuesday in the Cross Cup game. Come out and support your Lady Tigers!!