HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team’s shooting was as cold as the temperature outside Saturday night. NMU shot 19.4 percent (6-31) in the first half, 30 percent (9-30) in the second half and 24.6 percent (15-61) for the game from the floor. The Wildcats found themselves down by 14 after the first 20 minutes of play (29-15) and ended up losing to the Michigan Tech Huskies Saturday (74-43).
With the loss the ‘Cats drop to 4-3 overall on the season and 0-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). MTU improves to 6-1 and 3-0 respectively.
Kellie Rietveld hit a three-point less than a minute into the game to tie the contest at three-all. From that point on the Huskies controlled the game. MTU took an 8-5 lead at 17:51 and another basket would not be scored until 10:57 when MTU connected for a three-pointer (11-5). Steffani Stoeger converted a lay-up with under 10 minutes left in the half to get the ‘Cats within two (11-9). With MTU leading 15-12 with a little over five minutes left in the half the Huskies ended the half with a 14-3 run. NMU’s only points came off a three-point play from Rietveld (1:33).
About five minutes into the second half, Natalie Larocque connected for a three-pointer to have the ‘Cats within 10 points (36-26). NMU would not score another basket for almost three minutes when Christa Erickson hit a three-pointer of her own; at that point the Huskies were up 18 points (47-29). Over the next three minutes MTU went on a 10-0 run to extend its lead to 57-29. NMU’s final basket of the game was scored at 2:43 by Larocque on a three-pointer.
Rietveld led the ‘Cats with 13 points and three assists. Katie Wysocky led the Huskies with 19 points. Erin Powers and Cassi Rushford led the ‘Cats off the glass with five rebounds each.
NMU was 9-28 from the arc on the night (32.1 percent). Larocque led NMU with three three-pointers. The ‘Cats only made seven trips to the free throw line and sank four of the throws (57.1 percent). MTU had a big advantage in rebounds at 48-24.
NMU will host Wayne State (Dec. 18) and Northwood (Dec. 20) this week at the Berry Events Center.
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