GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Tiesha Stokes scored 15 points, 11 in the first half, Kia Frazier added 11 and the two Grand Rapids natives each had five steals and four rebounds as the second-ranked Davenport women’s basketball team closed the regular-season with a 78-60 win over 15th-ranked Siena Heights in the NAIA’s Game of the Week Saturday afternoon. The Panthers finish the regular season 28-1 overall, 21-1 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and will open the league tournament at the Student Center Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with the opponent to be announced.
Along with her four points and assists each, Brittany Johnson brought down eight of DU’s 37 rebounds to lead the team. Alison Bouman finished the day with eight points and had three of the team’s four blocks. Davenport went 27-for-51 (52.9 percent) from the field and finished the day 10-for-23 (43.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Saints (23-7, 16-6 WHAC) were led by Grace Howrigon, who had 14 points including five from the charity stripe. Leading scorer Sierra Calhoun had 12 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double and Alexxis Knannlein had 11 points to round out Siena Heights in double figures. SHU, which was averaging 74.3 points and 44.5 percent around the perimeter all season, went 18-for-56 (32.1 percent) from the field but had 39 rebounds.
After a Mackenzie Tomasik jumper tied the game four points apiece with 16:19 left in the opening period, Kayleigh VanKeulen and Linnea Brandholm set the tone of the game by combining for 11 points during a 14-2 Davenport run in the span of nearly three minutes.
Davenport went into intermission leading Siena Heights 42-26. Frazier led the way with nine points followed by Brandholm with eight. Knannlein led the effort for the Saints with eight points off the bench.
The Panthers led by as many as 29, when Johnson’s layup with 6:13 left in the second half bumped Davenport’s lead to 66-37.
Davenport improves to 19-2 in the all-time series against Siena Heights, having won 15 straight…The Panthers are 50-2 when playing as the second-ranked team in the NAIA Division II Top 25…Kia Frazier reached double figures in points for the first time since Dec. 28, 2013, when she put up on the board against Calvin…The Panthers have been out-rebounded for the first time since against Madonna on Feb. 1