Purdue Northwest Women Suffer 78-36 Road Loss to No. 24 GVSU

Allendale, Mich. – With none of its players scoring in double figures, the Purdue Northwest women’s basketball team struggled to keep pace with No. 24 ranked Grand Valley State University (Mich.) Saturday afternoon falling 78-36 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale, Mich.  Junior Michaela Kikendall (Morristown, Ind./Morristown) paced the Pride with nine points, while freshman Lanie Allen (East Noble, Ind./East Noble) added seven points and six rebounds.


The 36 points was PNW’s lowest output of the season and the team shot just 26 percent (13-for-50) from the field for the game.  The Pride were also plagued by 26 turnovers Saturday, which helped lead to 19 steals for the Lakers. 


Kikendall hit a three-pointer near the six-minute mark of the first quarter to put Purdue Northwest up, 7-6.  However, GVSU answered right back hitting a three on its next possession to spark a 16-0 run and close out the period holding a 22-7 lead.  PNW got more on track offensively in the second quarter and trailed 38-22 at the half with senior Jessica Kiser (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) scoring five of the Pride’s 15 points in the quarter.


Unfortunately, PNW could not maintain its offense in the third quarter scoring just four points to fall behind, 54-26, heading into the final period.  The Pride did not fare much better in the fourth quarter getting outscored 24-10 to allow the Lakers to capture the home victory.


Purdue Northwest (3-14 overall/2-10 GLIAC) heads up to Marquette, Mich., for its next conference game on Thursday, February 1, against the Northern Michigan Wildcats.  The GLIAC road game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.