HOUGHTON, Mich. – Any time Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech get together, expect anything. Wednesday night at the SDC Gym at MTU the Huskies held on to defeat the Wildcats 54-52. Lena Widman made a basket with four ticks left on the clock for the two-point Huskie lead. She then fouled Allison Carroll in the backcourt at the buzzer. Carroll went to the free throw line and missed two of her free throws or her three free throws, game over. She did not attempt her final free throw.
NMU falls to 9-16 overall on the season and 4-13 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). MTU is now 20-6 and 13-4 respectively.
The first half the ‘Cats kept it close and led for big chunks of time. NMU’s largest lead of the half was at 14-6 at 12:45 after a three-pointer by Natalie Larocque. With 8:32 showing on the clock and the scored tied at 16-all, Angie Leckson hit a jumper to give NMU a 18-16 lead. Over the next two plus minutes the Huskies went on an 8-2 run to take the lead to 24-20. After a couple of minutes of back and forth the ‘Cats took the lead back at 3:59, 29-28 on a layup by LaShawn Lambert. She then made anther layup about 40 seconds later to give the ‘Cats the 31-28 lead. Kellie Rietveld sank a three-pointer just before the half to give NMU a 34-32 lead into the locker room.
After six plus minutes of play in the second half, Rietveld sank both of her free throw to give the ‘Cats a 40-39 lead at 13:37. NMU took a three-point lead about two minutes later when Leckson made a layup. With 9:08 showing on the clock, NMU after back-to-back baskets by Steffani Stoeger had a five-point lead at 46-41. After MTU took the lead back, Cassie Hegbloom tied the game at 48-all at 4:44 and then took the lead (50-48) on a Stoeger layup. The Huskies tied the game and took a two-point lead at 52-50 with 1:31 left in the game. Stoeger tied the game at 52-all with a layup at 1:19 before Widman hit the game-winning shot.
Three players led NMU with 10 points each. Off the bench, Rietveld and Lambert each had 10 points. Carroll was the lone starter with 10 points. Lambert had a game-high eight rebounds. Katie Wysocky led the Huskies with 16 points.
NMU shot 37.7 percent from the floor for the game (23-61). The ‘Cats only sank four three-pointers in 13 attempts (30.8 percent). Rietveld had half of the baskets from beyond the arc (2-4). NMU was only 2-7 from the free throw line (28.6 percent). NMU won the battle off the glass with a 42-31 rebounding advantage.
NMU will play its final game of the season on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 11 a.m. against the Lakers of Lake Superior State University.
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