The Wayne State womenís basketball team won its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title since the 1980-81 season Thursday night, defeating Lake Superior State, 80-74, at Matthaei Center.
The victory, coupled with Northern Michiganís 67-59 victory over Michigan Tech, secured the conferenceís regular-season title for Wayne State (20-6, 17-5 GLIAC). Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech of the North Division finished 16-6 in the GLIAC, along with Ashland, which competes in the South.
Wayne State trailed 37-30 at halftime, but outscored Lake Superior (5-23, 5-17) 50-37 in the second half, including a 15-4 run that made it 66-59 with 6:01 left. Des Lavita-Stephens had a pair of 3-pointers during the stretch.
Kayla Bridges came off the bench to lead Wayne State with 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Imari Redfield had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Shareta Brown added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Lavita-Stephens and Jackie Jones scored 13 apiece.
April Lacross led Lake Superior with 21 points.