TIFFIN, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team was defeated 75-63 by Tiffin University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Tuesday (Dec. 18) from Tiffin, Ohio. The Wildcats fall to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the GLIAC, and the Dragons improve to 4-5 and 2-4 in the conference.
The Dragons took the lead out of the gates and kept it for the entire first half, except for when the ‘Cats were able to tie it two minutes into the game. Aside for then, the Dragons led by as many as seven, to take the 31-24 lead at the half.
The second half was dominated entirely by the Dragons. NMU was able to get within six points, but wouldn’t take the lead at all during the remainder of the game. Tiffin would lead by as much as 13 for the game.
Freshman forward Nea Makela led all scorers with 20 points off of two three-pointers, five fields goals and went 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Alyssa Colla and junior center Annie Rubendunst each added 12 points on the evening. Sophomore guard Lauren Gruber led in rebounds with eight, while Makela added seven.
The ‘Cats shot 39 percent for the game on 22-for-56 and were 11-for-12 from the charity stripe. NMU tallied 22 turnovers to the Dragons’ 13.
For Tiffin, Jessica Harris had 16 points, while Stephanie Kelly added 14 points. Jillian Adams was also in double figures with 10. Harris also led in rebounds with eight, Adams and Jordan Fraley each contributed four.
Tiffin shot 28-for-53 on the night for 52 percent and was 16-for-22 from the free throw line.
The ‘Cats are off until the New Year with a set of games at home, hosting Ashland University and Lake Erie College on the first weekend of 2013.
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