Hillsdale drops Wayne State
With only nine players in uniform, the Hillsdale College women's basketball team put together a gutsy effort Thursday night, getting into double digits in victories on the season.
The Chargers had three players score at least 15 points each in a 72-61 win at home against Wayne State University. Hillsdale, now 5-3 in the GLIAC and 10-3 overall, will host rival Grand Valley State Saturday afternoon, starting at 3 p.m.
Three starters played 34 or more minutes for Hillsdale, but each of them stepped up to deliver superb performances for the Chargers. Senior Laura Barczak, who has improved every aspect of her game in her final season, led all players with 23 points and 10 rebounds, going 11-for-16 from the field. She outplayed the interior defensive players from the Warriors, finding openings in the defense while being on the receiving end of some terrific passes from her teammates. Barczak also blocked three shots in the victory.
Junior Katie Bildner also did an excellent job on the boards, grabbing nine to go along with 15 points in 38 minutes on the court. Bildner played well all over the floor, defending Wayne State's quick, perimeter guards effectively while also playing well enough inside to get her nine rebounds.
Junior Chelsea Harrison was one of the team's best distributors in the game, finishing with 15 points and eight assists for Hillsdale.
Hillsdale held Wayne State to 33 percent shooting in the second half (11/33) and 41 percent for the game. Although the Warriors held a 28-25 rebounding edge, it was offset by Hillsdale's ability to get to the free-throw line (14 makes versus five for WSU), and the Chargers forcing 18 Wayne State turnovers in the game. Sophomore guard Kelsey Raczak came off the bench to swipe three steals in 22 minutes on the court.
Junior Elizabeth Brannick contributed six points, five rebounds and two assists, while junior guard Dana Cook played 18 minutes and had two assists.