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Thoughts on Tech victories over Northwood
February 27, 2012 - Michael Bleach
The goal of this post is type it up in less time than it took me to dig my car out this morning.
Here are some thoughts on the men’s (77-67) and women’s (88-75) victories over Northwood without trying to step on the toes of my game recap stories, which will be posted this afternoon:
1. It bears mentioning again, but Sam Hoyt truly is the Husky Badger.
The five-foot-five* guard shoots when she wants, gets wherever she wants on the floor, steals the ball with wanton disregard for her opponent’s feelings and generally does not give a four-letter word.
To attempt to put her record-breaking 37 points in perspective, Hoyt topped the single-game scoring mark, 35 points, of a Mary Fisher — who accomplished the feat in 1987.
Sam was born in 1991.
You know the tour-de-force was on Saturday when Hoyt pulled up for the classic heat-check three late in the first period with about five seconds passed on the shot clock and nailed it.
The efficiency how she scored was utterly alarming. Her points total more than doubled her 18 shots. Besides all that she still managed to find time to dish out eight assists (against three turnovers) and make sure seniors Lindsey Lindstrom (20 points) and Lynn Giesler (16 points) got theirs on Senior Day.
2. The men’s team won the North division Saturday.
And will be the No. 4 seed in the GLIAC Tournament.
This raises the obvious question: What is the point of breaking into divisions if the winner is not rewarded in any way? I understand that 16-team conferences are going to have some screwy postseason rules, but shouldn’t a division winner, you know, win something?
I would write more on the topic but my editor Brandon called dibs for his column this week I believe.
3. As has been much discussed — on this blog, in game stories, in features, with my bored girlfriend — the Tech men have gone through an up-and-down season. For an 11-game stretch the Huskies did not win two, or lose two in a row. Each time it felt like they were putting it together (beating Findlay for the first time in 13 tries, sweeping Ferris State) they stumbled.
But ... if they ever were going to go on a run they picked the right time.
Saturday’s win gives Tech three in a row and they will host a quarter-final playoff game for the first time in four years (and even that year they had a losing record in conference) and second time in eight seasons.
4. Tech knocked down 31-of-37 free throws to win Saturday, including 27-for-32 in the final six minutes.
As I am completely without shame, I am going to go ahead and pat myself on the back for this one.
This will also make me feel better in three weeks when my NCAA Bracket has gone up in flames.
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