Lake Michigan Conference Tournament Championship - Lakeland Muskies vs. Edgewood Eagles
Athletics - posted on 2/21/2005Lake Michigan Conference Tournament Championship
Lakeland Muskies (18-9) vs. Edgewood Eagles (20-7)
Where: Todd Wehr Edgedome, Edgewood College, Madison
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
What’s at stake: The winner earns the LMC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Coaches: Lakeland April Arvan, 11th season, 230-64; Edgewood – Bobbi Endress, 1st season, 20-7.
Regular season meetings: Edgewood won at Lakeland 60-54 on Dec. 11, snapping Lakeland’s 19-game LMC regular season win streak; Edgewood beat Lakeland 47-35 in Madison on Feb. 1.
> Edgewood is the tournament’s top seed, having won the regular season conference title this season, its first ever. Lakeland finished second and is the No. 2 seed.
> This is a rematch of last season’s LMC Tournament title game, which Lakeland won 69-43 at Lakeland.
> This is the ninth straight year that Lakeland has played in the LMC Tournament championship game. The Muskies have won the tournament five times during that span. Lakeland has appeared in the championship every year since the LMC’s automatic NCAA qualifier started in 2000. The Muskies have made four NCAA Tournament appearances – 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004.
> Edgewood enters Saturday’s title game with an 11-game winning streak. The Eagles have won 14 of their last 15 games.
> Senior center Renee Steinert (Howards Grove), the LMC Preseason Player of the Year, leads Lakeland at 14.8 points per game and 8.6 rebounds. Senior guard Sara Langenhorst (Ripon) averages 13.1 points and is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. Junior forward Beth Porter (St. Charles, Ill.), who is playing with a torn ACL, averages 10.1 points.
> Edgewood is led by a pair of talented young players – freshman forward Nickie Updike (Monticello) averages 13.6 points and 8.5 rebounds, and sophomore guard Jordane Kittoe (Potosi) averages 13.4 points and 7.0 rebounds.
> In their first meeting this season, Updike scored 24 and Kittoe 14 and Edgewood had a 36-30 rebound edge. Steinert had 22 points and nine rebounds for Lakeland. In the second meeting, Kittoe scored 20 and Updike 12 and the Eagles had a 43-32 edge on the boards. Steinert had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Muskies, who shot just 26 percent.
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