WMC graduate Evan Bruinsma had a tremendous outing in a televised game on ESPN2 matching his University of Detroit squad at Horizon League rival Valparaiso on Saturday.
The 6-foot-7 small forward had 12 points and tied his season high with 10 rebounds, as the Titans defeated Valpo for the first time in the regular season since 2010.
Detroit trailed the Crusaders by 15 points, but closed out the game on a 36-11 run to win, 84-74.
With the victory, Detroit moves to within a half game of Valpo in the Horizon League standings with a 10-4 record. The Titans clinched the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season by winning the conference tournament.
Bruinsma’s scoring outburst was just the fourth time this season he’s reached double figures. The junior is currently averaging 5.1 and 4.3 rebounds per game.
The Titans (18-9 overall) have four regular season games remaining before the Horizon League tournament begins on March 5.
SOULE TAKES 2ND AT GVSU INDOOR MEET
Grand Haven graduate Bri Soule must have felt right at home competing at the Grand Valley State Tune-Up Meet on Friday in Allendale.
Soule covered 17 feet, 1.25 inches in the long jump inside the Kelly Family Sports Center, placing her second in a field of 10 competitors. She narrowly missed out on winning the event due to a close tie-breaker.
Soule will look to carry that strong effort into this weekend’s Horizon League Tournament, which is hosted by Youngstown State.
KIEFT STARS AT MIAA MEET
Spring Lake’s Maria Kieft was a member of the Hope College women’s 200 freestyle relay squad that won a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title on Saturday at the Jenison Aquatic Center, but the Flying Dutch settled for second place in the final league standings to rival Calvin.
Kieft also competed on Hope’s 400 medley relay team that placed second to Calvin and had strong showings in the 100 and 200 backstroke events, where she finished sixth in both.
LORIMER MAKES COLLEGE DEBUT
Spring Lake’s Evie Lorimer tasted her first regular season game action over the weekend, as the Central Michigan University softball team went 2-3 at the University of New Mexico Tournament on Friday through Sunday.
Lorimer’s best game came in the Chippewas’ 8-6 victory against Hampton University on Saturday, where she started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. CMU opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over Bradley, but suffered two losses to the host Lobos and another to Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.
LAW HELPS PANTHERS GARNER NO. 1 SEED
Alex Law and her Davenport University women’s basketball team are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Panthers closed out their regular season in dominating fashion, as they whipped league rival Indiana Tech, 102-64, giving them a sparking season record of 27-2 overall and 20-2 in league action.
Law connected on a pair of 3-pointers and finished with six points. She’s averaging 7.6 points and nearly two rebounds a game for the Panthers.
Davenport, which is ranked No. 8 in the NAIA national poll, opens the conference tournament in the quarterfinals against Northwestern Ohio at the Davenport Student Center on Wednesday.
DAVIS HAS YSU ROLLING
Youngstown State’s women’s basketball team saw its six-game winning streak snapped at the hands of a talent Wisconsin-Green Bay program, but it hasn’t dimmed the luster of a tremendous turnaround season for the Penguins.
YSU has already totaled seven more wins than last season and the Penguins have six games left on its regular season schedule. A key addition to their squad has been Grand Haven graduate Shar’Rae Davis, who has started all 23 games for the Penguins at point guard.
Davis is averaging 8.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.6 rebounds a game for YSU, which stands at 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the Horizon League. The Penguins are second to Green Bay (11-0) in the league standings.