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Novi's Ellie Mackay commits to play in college at D-II Michigan Tech WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Novi's Ellie Mackay (15) has announced her commitment to play college basketball at Michigan Tech. (MIPrepZone file photo by Matthew B. Mowery)

At the end of next season, the Michigan Tech Huskies are going to have openings galore for backcourt players from below the bridge.

Four of MTU’s five players from the Lower Peninsula will graduate after next season, and three of them — Clare’s Lindsay Winter, Kalkaska’s Kelli Guy and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Sarah LewAllen — are guards.

That’s where Novi’s Ellie Mackay will fit in.

The Wildcats’ honorable mention all-stater committed to play her college ball at Michigan Tech this week, laying claim to one of those openings.

“I'm excited to announce that I have decided to continue my academic & basketball career at Michigan Tech University!” Mackay tweeted on Wednesday. “GO HUSKIES!”

The Huskies went 20-8 in 2016-17, finishing third in the GLIAC North, after first- or second-place finishes in each of head coach Kim Cameron’s first six seasons, along with three trips to the NCAA Division II tournament, and a runner-up finish in 2010-11. Winter and Guy were the team’s third- and fourth-leading scorers last season.

Mackay led the Wildcats (and was second in Oakland County) with a 19.9 points-per-game scoring average, her season total of 461 points setting a single-season school record. She had a school-record 40 points in a KLAA tournament win over Canton, and cracked the 1,000-point plateau in her final game of the season, a regional semifinal loss to Walled Lake Western.

Entering her senior year with 1,023 career points, she needs just 47 points to break the school’s career scoring record, held by Kerri McMahan (1,069).

Mackay, who finished runner up in the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) free-throw shooting contest during the state finals, hit 189 of 217 free throws in her junior season, a total that is tied for the seventh-most in a single season in Michigan High School Athletic Association girls hoops history. She also appears several times in the MHSAA record book for single-game free-throw shooting feats.

In addition to her honorable mention all-state honors from The Associated Press, Mackay was also BCAM’s Best Class A, All-Kensington Lakes Activities Association, All-Oakland County and BCAM Individual Academic All-State (3.59 GPA).

Last Updated: 5/5/2017 1:16:23 AM EST


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