December 20, 2008
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Nothing seemed to go right for the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team Saturday against Northwood University. The team shot 28.6 percent from the floor for the game (12-42). In the first half the Wildcats were 7-23 for 30.4 percent and in the second half the team was 5-19 for 26.3 percent.
The Timberwolves jumped out to a 46-24 lead after 20 minutes and defeated NMU 75-39. NMU falls to 5-4 overall on the season and 1-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Northwood improves to 6-2 and 3-2 respectively.
Steffani Stoeger scored the first eight points for the ‘Cats. At the time NMU was leading 8-5 with about three minutes gone in the game. When Natalie Larocque hit her three-pointer at 15:51 the ‘Cats were still leading 11-10. Over the next seven plus minutes the Timberwolves went on a 22-1 run (32-12). Stoeger converted a three-point play with 4:25 left in the have to get the ‘Cats within 11 points (35-24). Those would be the final points NMU would score in the first half.
The second half was all Northwood. Natalie Larocque had six points in the second 20 minutes of action on two three-pointers.
Stoeger led NMU with 14 points. Stoeger and Christa Erickson each had four rebounds for the ‘Cats. Jodi Ostergren led the Timberwolves with 23 points.
NMU was 6-21 from the three-point line (28.6 percent). Larocque was 3-7 from the arc. The ‘Cats were 9-13 from the free throw line (69.2 percent). Northwood ended the game with 10 more rebounds than the ‘Cats (34-24).
NMU will be back in action after Christmas. The ‘Cats host UM-Duluth for the second time this season on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m.
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