Clayton St. tips Michigan Tech for title
Lakers force 25 turnovers while Tillman scores 26 in win
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Clayton State Lakers beat the Michigan Tech Huskies 69-50 on Friday to win the NCAA Division II women's basketball national title.
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Clayton State started the first half with their full court pressure, causing the Huskies to get out of their offense and turn the ball over 11 times. The fast-paced game featuerd five ties and three lead changes. The largest first half lead was five points.
The Huskies kept themselves in the game by shooting 60 percent from the 3-point line. Lisa Staehlin scored nine points in the first half and snared six rebounds.
Teshymia Tillman led Clayton State with 10 points and four rebounds at the half. Clayton State went into the locker room leading 31-24.
The second half didn't start the way that the Huskies would have liked. Clayton State came out with more pressure than the first half, causing turnover after turnover and increasing the lead to 19 points with 15 minutes left in the game.
Clayton State coach Dennis Cox still lauded the effort.
"The way we play is fun. We love the competition," Cox said. Michigan Tech, only averaging 12 turnovers a game on the season, had a total of 25 against the Lakers.
Clayton State's Tillmam lead all scorers with 26 points, and Drameka Griggs added 12.
For Michigan Tech Lisa Staehlin contributed 18 points and eight rebounds while Same Hoyt finished with 11 points.