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Lakers improve to 6-0 with win over Mercyhurst North East, their best start since the 2000-01 season.
Second Half Run Extends Lakers' Streak to Six
KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 25, 2014) – The Lakeland Community College women's basketball team outscored visiting Mercyhurst North East 29-21 in the second half to extend a one-point halftime lead and move to 6-0 on the year with a 51-42 victory on Tuesday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.
Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) scored 11 points and registered eight steals while Melanie Primer (Madison, Ohio / Madison) added a team-high 12 rebounds in the victory.
Alana Stokes (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) provided a spark off the bench with 11 points on five of eight shooting.
The Lakers return to action in exactly one week when they host Niagara County Community College at 5:30 p.m.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (November 22, 2014) –The Lakeland Community College women's basketball team improved to 5-0 with a 60-34 victory at Oakland Community College in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. Tierra Martin (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) scored 13 points off the bench to lead the Lakers in their first road game of the season.
Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) added 11 points while sophomore Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) chipped in 10.
Lakeland took a 25-22 halftime lead before outscoring the Raiders 35-12 over the final 20 minutes of play to cruise to the victory.
The Lakers return home on Tuesday (Nov. 25) when they play host to Mercyhurst North East at 5:30 p.m.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 15, 2014) – Tournament MVP Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) scored 14 points to lead the Lakeland women's basketball team past nationally-ranked Macomb, 54-37, and win the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers moved to 4-0 on the season with the victory and will head to Batavia, New York on Tuesday to take on Genesee at 5:30 p.m.
Lakeland held Macomb to 24% shooting on the afternoon and never trailed in the game to capture the tournament title for the fourth time.
All-tournament team selection Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) added 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals in the victory.
The hosts built a 33-13 halftime lead by holding the visitors to 19% shooting from the floor before a Henderson layup with 16 minutes to go in the second half gave the Lakers their largest lead of the game at 44-17. The Monarchs would not seriously threaten the rest of the way despite 10 points off the bench from Micaeh McGlaun.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 14, 2014) – Alana Stokes (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) scored a career-high 18 points off the bench to propel the Lakeland women's basketball team past Henry Ford and into the championship game of the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic Championship game with a 74-62 victory on Friday night. Lakeland will square off with Macomb on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. after the Monarchs dispatched Erie, 80-51, earlier in the day. It will be the Lakers second straight trip to the Classic title game.
Freshman guard Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) added a career-high 15 points while sophomore forward Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) chipped in six points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Lakeland (3-0).
Sydney Holmes led the Hawks with 16 points and six assists while Keyanna Austin and Taylor Works added 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Henry Ford will take on Erie in the women's consolation game on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 7, 2014) – The Lakeland women's basketball team shook off another slow start to dispatch visiting Lansing, 64-56, on Friday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center. The Lakers (2-0) were led by Nicole Upshaw's (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) team-high 15 points. Tierra Martin (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) added 10 crucial points off the bench in the victory.
Lansing (0-2) scored the first eight points of the game and led by as many as nine in the first half before Lakeland began to chip away at the deficit. An Alana Stokes (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) layup with seven minutes remaining in the gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 20-19. The Stars would respond with an 8-2 run to close the half and take a 34-30 lead into the locker rooms.
The two sides traded baskets through the first five minutes of the second half before Lakeland rattled off an 11-2 run to seize the lead at 46-42. Dyann Wiley's conventional 3-point play would pull the visitors within a point with 10 minutes to play, the closest they would get to tying the score the rest of the way. Upshaw and freshman Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) connected on all four tries from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the game away.
Henderson and classmate Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) finished with nine points apiece while sophomore Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) chipped in six points and a team-high eight rebounds for Lakeland.
The Lakers return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. when they host Henry Ford in the opening round of the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic on campus. A victory will move LCC into the championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of Erie and Macomb.
KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 4, 2014) – Molly Walsh (Newbury, Ohio / Newbury) poured in a career-high 20 points on seven of ten shooting to propel the Lakeland women's basketball team to a 66-53 victory over visiting Genesee in the season opener Tuesday night. The sophomore added eight rebounds and finished four of six from beyond the arc to lead all scorers.
Classmate Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) added 11 points and a pair of assists for Lakeland (1-0) while Breana Gleaton (Waldorf, Md.) led Genesee with 12 points and six rebounds in the loss .
The Lakers fell behind early as Genesee raced out to a 25-13 lead through the first ten minutes of the opening half. Trailing by nine (29-20) with just over five minutes remaining in the first half, the hosts rattled off a 14-4 run, which included a Walsh 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions, for their first lead of the game. The Lakers would take a 37-35 advantage into the locker room before outscoring the Cougars 29-18 in the second half on their way to the win.
LCC returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Lansing (Mich.) at 5:30 p.m.
Former Student-Athletes: Where are they now?
Aslea Williams - Shaw University (N.C.) - NCAA Div. I