From the opening tipoff, the Charger women's basketball team made sure it would get off to a better start in Saturday's game than it had the one prior.
Hillsdale took command early, jumping out to a 21-7 first-quarter lead on its way to an 80-51 win over Lake Superior State University Saturday afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie. The Chargers are now 2-2 on the season.
Thursday's game at Ferris State started in diastrous fashion for Hillsdale, who trailed by 19 before scoring a point. A repeat performance would not happen, as the Chargers were aggressive on both ends of the floor to start the game and played solid, consistent basketball.
Despite the big early advantage, the Chargers didn't let up, outscoring the Lakers in all four quarters while recording their most lopsided win of the season.
The Chargers shot 52 percent from the floor compared to 33 percent for LSSU. Hillsdale also held a huge advantage on the boards, outrebounding the home team 36-20 in the game, an impressive margin considering how well the Chargers shot from the floor.
It was another balanced offensive effort for Hillsdale with three starters scoring between 13 and 17 points.
Senior Sydney Anderson had 17 points, going 7-for-10 from the field and draining three 3-point baskets. Sophomore Lauren Daffenberg also scored 17 to go along with 6 rebounds. Sophomore Grace Touchette picked up 13 points and 3 assists.
Junior Jaycie Burger had an effective game from the backcourt with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, swishing two 3-pointers.
PHOTO: Todd Lancaster