MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team went out of conference Monday at the Berry Events Center. NMU faced the Northland College LumberJills. Everyone who checked into the game scored for the Wildcats in the 92-33 rout. The ‘Cats improve to 6-7 on the season while Northland falls to 4-5.
The LumberJills held a 6-4 lead about two minutes into the game before the ‘Cats went on an 11-0 run to take the lead which they would hold. Kellie Rietveld had four points in the run. Hillary Bowling connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give the ‘Cats the 35-10 lead with a little over seven minutes left in the half. Over the last five minutes of the first half NMU out-scored the LumberJills by a 14-5 count.
The second half was all ‘Cats as they out-scored Northland 35-17. For the second 20 minutes of play NMU shot 51.9 percent from the floor (14-27). Steffani Stoeger hit a jumper at 5:14 to give NMU its largest lead of the game (88-26).
Four players ended the game in double-figures in scoring. Leading the way was Allison Carroll with 19 points. Stoeger and Rietveld both ended the game with 12 points. Kelsey Deacon added 11 points. Erin Powers off the bench had a career-high 12 rebounds. Angie Leckson added 11 boards. Lindsey Hamm led the LumberJills with 12 points and six rebounds.
For the game NMU shot 53.7 percent from the floor (36-67). From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 7-14 (50 percent). Stoeger and Bowling each had two three-pointers. NMU missed two free throws in 15 attempts (86.7 percent). NMU had advantage off the glass at 54-29.
NMU is back in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play later in the week. The ‘Cats are at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 10) and then travel to Northwood on Saturday (Jan. 12).
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