It was “Senior Night” on Tuesday as the Grace Lady Tigers took down the cross-town rival Cougars from Kuyper College by the score of 71-48. Kuyper kept the game interesting early by going 6 of 12 from three-point range in the first half. The Tigers contributed to keeping the game close by missing several free throw opportunities and not playing great team defense as they went into the locker room with a 40-28 halftime lead.
The Tigers clamped down on defense in the second half, limiting the Cougars to 20 points and did a better job of contesting their perimeter shots. Grace was also 11-12 from the free throw line in the half as they pulled away to a comfortable margin.
The three celebrated Tiger Seniors played key roles in the victory. Jessica Sikorski led the team in scoring and rebounding with 25 points and 18 boards. Stephanie Miller provided her usual support from beyone the 3-point arc and scored 15 points. Naomi Walker played a strong defensive game on Kuyper’s scoring threats and displayed her usual leadership before, during and after the game while contributing two points, two rebounds, two steals, and two assists while only committing one turnover and one foul.
“It was nice to see the seniors get a win on their special night,” Coach Renzema commented after the game. “All three of them have been important to the school and to the basketball program in their own way. It was great to see them be recognized for their efforts.”
The Lady Tigers will hit the road to Wisconsin this weekend as they attempt to lock up the #2 seed in the Midwest region. They play a key game at Northland International University on Friday and will play at Mount Mary on Saturday.