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Men’s Basketball hosts final home matches of season

Reach out: Senior guard Don Fowler goes up for a layup against Saginaw Valley earlier this season. Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Considering the way things went for the men’s basketball Huskies last season, head coach Kevin Luke would probably have been happy just to be competitive this season. Instead, he had a team that jumped out to a 9-1 record to open the season and now finds itself in the thick of things Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament-wise. The Huskies are currently in a tie for seventh with Saginaw Valley State, and head into this week’s matchups with the Ashland Eages and Lake Erie Storm looking for some separation. The Eagles come into Thursday night’s game sitting fourth in the GLIAC South with a 6-9 record in conference play and a 12-10 record overall. The Eagles have wins over Wayne State and Grand Valley State, but losses to Lake Superior State, Saginaw Valley State, and Hillsdale twice. Senior forward Kale Richardson has been an effective post player all season for the Eagles. Through the first 22 games of the season, Richardson averages team-highs with 15.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. He has led the Eagles in scoring 10 times this season.

DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor Sophomore center Evan Yates has developed into one of the top centers in the South Division, averaging 13.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. Yates scored a season-high 26 in a win over Tiffin on Jan. 13. “Yates and Richardson are really, really good players,” said Huskies head coach Kevin Luke. “Their inside game is their strength.” The Eagles’ young backcourt is run by sophomore guard David Harris, who averages 8.9 points and 2.4 assists per game. Harris is often joined by freshman guard Jordan Berlin, who is still learning the pace of the game at the college level, averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 assists per contest. The Storm come into this week riding an eight-game losing streak. It’s been a tough transition for the Storm to the grind that is the GLIAC season. However, they do have one conference win over Tiffin.

After finishing a season sweep of the Lake Superior State Lakers in overtime on Saturday, the No. 8-ranked women’s basketball Huskies put themselves in the best position possible in the race to host their fourth consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament. Of course, they will be even better off if they take care of business against the Ashland Eagles on Thursday and the Lake Erie Storm on Saturday. The Eagles (15-7 overall) are tied for the GLIAC South Division lead with the Findlay Oilers at 10-5 in conference play. The Eagles come into Thursday’s game riding a two-game winning streak, having beaten Grand Valley State and Ferris State. “Ashland is very good... they currently lead the league in scoring,” said Huskies head coach Kim Cameron. “Our post defense is going to be very, very important in this game.” Guard Jena Stutzman, the

lone junior on the Eagles’ roster, leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. Senior guard Rachel Poorman has also played well in the backcourt, averaging 8.6 poitns and 3.3 assists per game. Before the season began, sophomore forward Daiva Gerbec was going to be counted on to be a leader on this young squad, and she’s done a commendable job, averaging 15.3 points and a team-high 11.0 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Elizabeth Tyler averages 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Saturday’s opponent, the Lake Erie Storm, have won only twice in GLIAC play this season, defeating Wayne State on Dec. 2 and Ohio Dominican on Feb. 5. Just before beating the Panthers, the Storm gave Hillsdale all it could handle in a six-point loss, 66-60. The Storm have a pair of outstanding offensive players in junior forwards Stephanie Rogers and Jen Caiola. Rogers leads the Storm in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.0 points and

By # the er nu m b players on the women’s basketball team with 15 or more points in Saturday’s overtime victory over Lake Superior State.

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8.0 rebounds per game. Caiola is the only other Storm player in double figures, averaging 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. “Rogers is the fifthleading rebounder [in the GLIAC], and the eighthleading scorer,” said Cameron. “She kind of runs their team. They definitely have people who can score.” Junior guard Britt Busson dishes the ball effectively, averaging 3.1 assists and 5.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Sarah Wojciechowski has been the Storm’s top bench player, averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Thursday night’s Boarding: Senior guard Angela matchup with the Eagles Guisfredi snatches an offensive will be at 7:30 p.m. Satrebound. urday’s with the Storm Photo by Ben Wittbrodt will be at 3 p.m. Check out our web site, www.mtulode. com/sports, after each game for a detailed recap of the action.

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hockey Huskies named WCHA Scholar-Athletes. Corson Cramer, Bennett Royer, Jordan Baker, Kevin Genoe, and Brett Olson all have GPAs over 3.5.

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times this season that sophomore forward Ali Haidar has led the men’s basketball Huskies in scoring, including his 19-point performance on Saturday.

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goals scored by freshman winger Milos Gordic, who leads the team. Of his 13, five have come on the man advantage.

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Women’s Basketball looks to ground Eagles and dissipate Storm DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor

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rebounds collected by the men’s basketball Huskies twice this season (Nov. 19 against Rockhurst and Nov. 20 against Missouri Western).

Schedules/Results Visit gliac.org for full standings W. Basketball (19-2, 14-1 GLIAC) Feb. 12 at LSSU, W, 70-68 OT Thurs. vs. Ashland, 7:30 p.m. Sat. vs. Lake Erie, 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Saginaw Valley, 8 p.m.

M. Basketball (12-10, 7-8 GLIAC) Feb. 12 at LSSU, W, 78-62 Thurs. vs. Ashland, 5:30 p.m. Sat. vs. Lake Erie, 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at Saginaw Valley, 6 p.m.

Nordic Skiing Feb. 18-19 at Central Reg. Champ. Feb. 26 at Birkibeiner Mar. 7-12 at US Junior Nat’ls Mar,. 9-12 at NCAA Champ.

Hockey (3-23-4, 1-19-2 WCHA) Feb. 11 vs. Bemidji State, T, 2-2 Feb. 12 vs. Bemidji State, L, 1-0 Fri. at Denver, 9:30 p.m. Sat. at Denver, 9 p.m. Visit wcha.com for full standings

Editor’s Shootout

The Editor’s Shootout is a competition of knowledge, luck and wits between sports editor Daver Karnosky, editor in chief Stephen Anderson, business manager Jacob Vehring and you, the reader, via online poll. Stephen Anderson won last year and has won two of the last three years (former opinion editor Rob Devaun with the other win). This will be a weekly feature where each editor picks his winners of the three biggest games/series of the week and backs up his decisions with a short rant. THIS WEEK: Phoenix Coyotes at Nashville Predators, Connecticut Huskies at Louisville Cardinals, NBA All-Star Game

JACOB VEHRING Business Manager 2-1 Last Week, 36-21 Overall

STEPHEN ANDERSON Editor in Chief 3-0 Last Week, 34-23 Overall

DAVER KARNOSKY Sports Editor 1-2 Last Week, 24-33 Overall

YOU Readers 3-0 Last Week, 27-30 Overall

Well now is the time of year where sports I am not as knowledgeable, so now is the chance for the other editors to try to catch me. But, I don’t think they will. The Coyotes have been on a five-game winning streak as of Tuesday, and I look for them to continue that good fortune against the Predators. Connecticut has been having a good year behind the efforts of Kemba Walker, and will win the rematch game against Louisville after a double OT loss a couple weeks ago. The Eastern Conference has much more star power than the West and I believe they will win the All-Star game.

Coyotes, 3-2

Jake, I’m catching up! Getting scared of the defending champ yet?! Anyways, expect me to make up some more ground here. Nashville has shown flashes of brilliance lately, but Phoenix has been more consistent -- down go the Predators on home ice. UConn would love revenge against Louisville after their 2OT loss to the Cardinals, but Kuric’s hot shooting will continue in the ridiculously named KFC Yum! Center as Louisville sweeps Kemba Walker and the Huskies. In the defenseless NBA All-Star game, I’ll take the East to show its depth in a convincing win.

Coyotes, 4-3

The Predators are a dangerous team that needs points right now to stick around in the NHL playoff hunt. I know better than to pick against their outstanding goaltending. With Marek Svatos and Marcel Goc back, the Predators are healthier than they have been in some time. UConn/Louisville might be the next great college basketball rivalry. After that double overtime game earlier this season, the Huskies will be looking to take a bite out of the Cardinals. Finally, I honestly could care less about the NBA All-Star scrimmage, but if I have to pick one, I’d have to say that the East is stacked and should take this game fairly easily. Each week, we’ll let you the reader vote in our Editor’s Shootout online poll at www.mtulode.com/sports/2011/2/17/ editors-shootout-polls-7/. The majority of the vote for each match-up will be the chosen team, and your cumulative record will get put alongside our three wannabe experts. We’ll run this feature through the entire year and see who comes out on top.

Huskies, 61-58 East, 120-113

Cardinals, 68-55 East, 140-127

Predators, 4-1 Huskies, 55-53 East, 119-108 Last week’s picks: Red Wings Badgers Knicks

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