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2nd Half Run Lifts GVSU Past Chargers

2nd Half Run Lifts GVSU Past Chargers

Box Score

 

The first game of the 2014 calendar year for the Charger women's basketball team got off to a good start, but did not finish the way the team hoped.

Thanks to some red-hot shooting by sophomore Kelsey Cromer, Hillsdale jumped out to a 7-point lead on the division-leading Grand Valley State University Lakers. But GVSU responded with a 20-5 run, and ended up with an 80-69 decision over the Chargers in Allendale on a cold, snowy Thursday night.

Hillsdale is now 2-7 overall and next faces Ferris State University at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Big Rapids.

Cromer set a career-high with five 3-point field goals, all of them coming in the first half, on her way to a season-high 19 points. She had just one double-figure scoring game in her career prior to Thursday's game. 

Her third 3-pointer gave the Chargers a 31-24 lead with 6:51 to go in the first half, But the Chargers went cold from there, scoring just 5 points in the rest of the half. The Lakers continued their surge in the second half, outscoring Hillsdale 16-5 in the first 5 minutes of the half, building a double-digit lead and never looking back.

GVSU stayed in range in the first half thanks to a 14-0 edge in points off turnovers. Although Hillsdale turned that stat around in the second half (14-4), it could not contain the aggressive Lakers, who outscored the visitors 23-6 at the free throw line in the game.

Junior forward Megan Fogt led Hillsdale with her sixth double-double of the season, 17 points and 13 rebounds to go with two blocked shots. Sophomore Kayla Geffert got her first start of the season, and finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds.