Quick Hits 3/15

Zack Goodrow, Sports Editor

Women’s basketball falls to Ashland in NCAA Tournament 

The 4th seeded GVSU women’s basketball team lost in their first game of the NCAA Midwest Region Tournament. Against the 5th seeded Ashland University, GVSU struggled to find their shot from deep and lost 68-60. 

Ashland started the game with a lead, going into the second quarter up 21-13. GVSU fought back, but they weren’t able to overcome the deficit.

For the game, GVSU shot a mere 14% from the 3-point line and committed 18 turnovers. GVSU shot an overall higher percentage from the floor than Ashland at 45%. The young team couldn’t put it all together in the back half of the game to close out their opponent as they failed to make a single 3-pointer in the second half.

Qay Stanton led the team with 15 points, four rebounds and one steal. Ellie Droste also had 15 points coming off the bench and contributed four rebounds and two assists.

Hannah Kulas was a force on the defensive side of the ball. She finished the game with seven points, three steals and one block. She also added six rebounds. 

Despite losing their first game of the tournament, the future is bright for the GVSU women’s basketball team. The young squad will look to improve heading into next season. More time together and the experience from the season will likely factor into their success next year. They’ll be looking to make their seventh straight appearance next year in the NCAA Midwest Region tournament with better results. 

GV Volleyball splits series against Davenport 

Last week, the GVSU volleyball team faced off against Davenport University. GVSU won the first matchup 3-1 to extend their win streak to four games. In the following contest, however, GVSU lost 1-3. 

In the first game of the matchup, GVSU lost their first set. They proceeded to win the next two rounds. In the final matchup, GVSU went on a 12-3 run to regain the lead and the victory.

In this series, Ali Thompson led the team with 21 kills, two aces, five blocks and 15 digs. Jaelianna Primus led the team with eight blocks and contributed nine kills. Rachel Jacquay had 45 assists. 

In the second game of the series, GVSU won the first set but lost the next three. In this series, Primus led the team with 12 kills, eight blocks and one ace. Jacquay contributed 27 assists, 11 digs and two blocks. Thompson had 21 digs, three assists and an ace.