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Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 10:09 am

The Wayne State women's basketball team (7-15, 4-11 GLIAC) dropped their second game in a row, falling 68-51 to Grand Valley State University at the Matthaei on Feb. 2.

GVSU scored the first eight points of the game before WSU junior forward Payton Birchmeier got the Warriors on the board with 5:34 left in the first quarter. After one quarter, WSU trailed 17-11. In the second, GVSU outscored the Warriors 16-6 to take a 33-17 halftime lead that they would hold for the remainder of the game.

The Warriors shot 4-28 (14.3 percent) from the field in the first half, and 2-11 from behind the three-point line in the first half. For the game, the Warriors shot 25 percent from the field (14-55) and 5-21 (23.8 percent) from the three point line.

After the game, WSU women's basketball Head Coach Carrie Lohr felt that the energy that the team played with versed Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley was missing from Thursday's game.

"We needed to bring that energy from Saturday's game and Monday's game," Lohr said. Lohr added, "We needed to bring that [energy] today and we didn't. At all. We got too far behind again in the first half. [We] played them solid in the second half."

The Warriors were led in scoring for the fifth time this season by junior guard Shannon Wilson, who tallied 13 points. The Warriors also got 11 points from sophomore guard India Hawkins.

With the loss, the Warriors fall to 7-15 on the season and 4-11 in the GLIAC. The loss also puts the Warriors GLIAC Tournament hopes in jeopardy as the Warriors are now four games behind Northwood University, who holds the final wild-card spot in the tournament with six games remaining.

Looking ahead to Saturday's game verses FSU, who beat the Warriors 83-80 in Big Rapids on Jan. 21, Coach Lohr said her team needs to up their energy level if they want to beat FSU.

"I didn't think we played with much energy today, and we'll talk about that again tomorrow and hope that we can get some energy and maybe a little attitude amongst our team that we want to rally together and really serve some payback,” said Lohr.

The Warriors return to the court Feb. 4 versing at the Matthaei. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. 

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