Bay women cruise
ESCANABA — The Bay College women’s basketball team raided the Lake Superior State University Lakers jayvee team 113-20 here Sunday in its home opener.
The Norse dominated from the start, capping a 25-point first quarter with a near buzzer-beating triple by Haley Trudell to make it 25-5.
Bay then hit four of its eight 3-pointers in the second period, including two from Kelsea Ackerman and one from Marrissa Ackerman and Trudell as it built a 60-13 halftime lead.
“I was impressed that our players kept their focus throughout the entire game,” Norse coach Rob Robinson said. “Our emphasis at halftime was that we want to make the national tournament, and if we can keep focus in the second half of games like that, it’ll help us win in March.”
Depth became a problem for the Lakers problem as the second half began. A six-deep roster ultimately led to each starter accumulating more than 30 minutes on the floor.
The Norse built an 87-14 lead at the end of the third quarter and then outscored the Lakers 26-6 in the fourth.
“We have a lot of good players and players that play well together,” Robinson said. “I think we weren’t sure on what Lake State was going to bring — we weren’t sure of anything about them before today.
“Our biggest thing right now is that we turn it over too much, and tonight was our lowest amount of turnovers yet. It was good to see them improve on that today.”
Trudell led the Norse with 20 points, four triples and two steals. Kaitlyn Hardwick finished with 16 points, Brooke Dalgord collected 14 and Taylor Hunter scored 11.
The Norse host UW-Marinette tonight at 6.
Lake Superior 5 8 1 6 — 20
Bay College 25 35 27 26 — 113
Lake Superior State University jayvees — Campbell 8, Bell 4, Harrison-Alcorn 4, Brown 2, Boyd 2. FT: 4-9; F: 14; Fouled out: Boyd. 3-point field goals: Campbell 2.
Bay College — Trudell 20, Hardwick 16, Dalgord 14, Hunter 11, McGuire 9, K. Ackerman 8, Wardynski 7, Olsen 7, Davis 6, Molina 4, Mannor 4, Goodacre 4, M. Ackerman 3. FT: 7-10; F: 17; Fouled out: None. 3-point field goals: Trudell 4, K. Ackerman 2, M. Ackerman 1, Wardynski 1.