GVL / Luke Holmes - Bailey Cairnduff (34) shoots the free throw. GVSU Women's Basketball lost to Truman State 69-74 on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.

GVSU women's hoops opens GLIAC play undefeated

Statistics look pretty in the box score, but what makes and breaks games in this sport are hustle plays fans overlook. This combination of stats and hustle plays has allowed the Grand Valley State women's basketball team to excel after starting the season 1-1. No. 17-ranked GVSU has now won five straight games and opened conference play on a high note after sweeping its slate of home games this week, Dec. 1-3. The Lakers (6-1) handled GLIAC foes Findlay 64-43 and Ohio Dominican 81-77.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Luke Ryskamp (23) goes in for a lay-up during the game versus Great Lakes Christian on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

GVSU ends nonconference slate 2-1

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team (4-3) ended its nonconference slate 2-1 in a three-game stretch that started Monday, Nov. 21 with an 88-55 win over the Grace Bible Tigers in Allendale. The Lakers then the traveled to Rensselaer, Indiana for the Saint Joseph’s College Thanksgiving Classic Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26.

GVL/Emily Frye - Janae Langs (20) shoots a three pointer to keep the Lakers lead against Indiana University on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

2016 GVSU women's basketball preview

After a Cinderella run to the Final Four last season, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball team is primed for another playoff run. The Lakers return all five starters from last season’s postseason run, along with two more seniors.