Backcourt Duo Leads Grace Women to Thrilling 83-76 Win Over Maranatha
Freshman Guards Megan Scholtens (Grant, Mi and Quad City Home School) and Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs, Mi) became roommates on the campus of Grace Bible College starting the second semester. Since that time, the two have developed a special chemistry on the court. Those two put that chemistry on display Saturday at Maranatha Baptist University in a very important game that had the #1 seed in the midwest regional at stake. Scholtens scored a career high 35 points, including 8 of 15 from beyond the 3 point arc and Holtrop had 15 points and 13 assists, many of which went to her roommate.
The Lady Tigers controlled the action for most of the first half, scoring several baskets off Maranatha turnovers, to take a 41-28 lead into the locker room. The Lady Tigers ran the lead up to 20 points at one point in the second half, but had to hold on late and make free throws down the stretch to secure a 83-76 victory over the defending NCCAA D-2 National Champions. Every time the Tigers would take a sizeable lead, the hosts seemed to make another rally and they closed the lead down to four points at 80-76 in the last two minutes. The Lady Tigers managed to find their composure down the stretch to hold on for the victory. The victory secured the #1 seed for the Tigers in the upcoming midwest regional.
The Lady Tigers shot very well from the field for the game, outshooting their hosts by a 47.5% to 40.3% margin. The Tigers had eight fewer turnovers, but the host Crusaders won the rebounding battle by a wide 52-30 margin.
"We really played well at times, but we sure let them back into the game late in the second half," Coach Renzema commented. "We forgot about playing any sort of defense late in the game and Maranatha made a nice comeback. It is never easy to win at their place so we are very happy to get this win and to secure the #1 seed for the regional."
"We had some nice contributions off the bench today, especially since we were without a couple players who were out sick. I thought Kitty Yanik (Port Huron, Mi) gave us some solid minutes. Our guards were really good on offense today and we needed everything they had today to get the win. Our offense played rather well today, but we have a lot of work to do on defense if we have any chance to win the regional."
The Lady Tigers have one regular season game left on Thursday, February 20 as they travel to Berrien Springs to take on Andrews University.