MARQUETTE, Mich. – For the second game in a row everyone who stepped onto the court for the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team scored in the game against Finlandia. The Wildcats had a 61-30 lead at the half and won the game with a score of 106-51. The ‘Cats shot 61.1 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes of play (22-36). NMU improves to 3-0 on the season while FU falls to 0-4.
For the first five minutes or so of the game the ‘Cats and Lions played pretty even. With NMU holding a 12-11 edge the ‘Cats went on a 5-2 spurt to take a 17-13 lead at 14:24. The run was highlighted by Brynn Larsen’s three –point play. With a little under 13 minutes left in the half and the scored tied at 19-all the ‘Cats went on a run of 16-2 over the next five minutes to take the 35-21 lead. Christa Erickson drained two three-pointers during the run. NMU’s lead went to 21 points at 3:37 when Holly Cole hit from the arc to make the count 47-26. Cole hit another three-pointer at 2:12 for a 57-27 NMU lead. The ‘Cats then scored the final nine points of the half.
FU scored the first basket of the second half before the ‘Cats went on a 9-0 run for the next four minutes to extend its lead to 70-32. With under 10 minutes left in the game Nicole Grengs made a lay-up to give NMU the 82-34 lead. Steffani Stoeger was fouled trying to convert a three-pointer with a little more than six minutes left in the game. She converted all three throws for a 91-40 lead. Carla L’Esperance made a jumper with a little less than two minutes left in the game to put the ‘Cats over the century mark (101-46). NMU scored the final five points of the game for the final margin.
Erin Powers led the way for the ‘Cats with a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds. Both were career highs. Kelsey Deacon added 15 points while Kellie Rietveld had 13, Cole 11 and Angie Leckson 10 points. Brynn Larsen also had double-digit rebounds with 11. Jillian Dolkey led the Lions with 12 points. Rietveld added five assists and two steals in the win.
As a team the ‘Cats were 37-81 from the floor for 45.7 percent. From the arc NMU was 13-31 (41.9 percent). Three NMU players had three three-pointers on the night (Deacon, Erickson and Cole). From the free throw line the ‘Cats shot 73.1 percent (19-26). NMU out-rebounded the Lions by over 30 (59-28).
The ‘Cats are back in action a week from today (Dec. 1) against St. Norbert at 5:30 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.
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