MARQUETTE, Mich. – Steffani Stoeger poured in a career-high 27 points as the Northern Michigan University women basketball team snapped its four-game skid with a 79-68 win over the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.
The win brings the Wildcats record to 9-15 overall and 4-12 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). SV falls to 11-14 and 4-12 respectively.
The Cardinals began the game with a 5-0 spurt. NMU quickly tied the game on two free throws by Allison Carroll and a three-pointer by Angie Leckson. With the score tied at 20-all with 6:52 left in the half the ‘Cats used a 9-1 run over a three minute span to take the lead (29-21). Leckson connected on a layup and a three-pointer in the final minute-and-a-half of the first half to give the ‘Cats the 36-30 lead into the locker room.
NMU held the lead the entire second half of play. SV had the lead down to one point several times in the first six minutes of the half. With the ‘Cats holding onto a 52-46 lead with 10:31 left in the half, NMU got a key jumper and layup from Carroll for the 56-47 lead. With NMU leading 63-58 at 3:47 the ‘Cats received downtown baskets from Kellie Rietveld and Stoeger to take an 11-point lead (69-58) with about three minutes left in the game. Stoeger then knocked down two free throws at 1:32 for a 78-66 cushion. She then connected on one of her two free throws for the final margin with less than a minute left in the game.
Stoeger was 6-12 from the floor which included 1-6 from the three-point and was 14-16 from the free throw line. Carroll ended the game with 15 points. Leckson added 13 points and six rebounds. Brittany Burkhardt led SV with 20 points. LaTille Ross pulled down 13 rebounds for the Cardinals.
Shooting percentage from the floor was almost even. NMU was 24-54 for 44.4 percent with the Cardinals 27-59 for 45.8 percent. The ‘Cats were 7-21 from the arc (33.3 percent). NMU took 30 trips to the free throw line and converted 24 of the throws (80 percent). The Cardinals won the battle along the boards (36-31).
The ‘Cats have two more games left in the regular season. First up is a mid-week encounter at Michigan Tech on Wednesday (Feb. 20). NMU will then face Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 11 a.m. for the finale.
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