MARQUETTE, Mich. – Down by 11 points after 20 minutes of play (34-23) the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team dropped a 71-58 decision to the Lake Superior State Lakers Thursday at the Berry Events Center. NMU shot 25.9 percent from the floor in the first half (7-27) and ended the game by shooting 33.9 percent (19-56).
The loss drops the Wildcats to 9-7 overall and 4-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). LSSU improves to 12-7 and 5-6 respectively.
The Lakers scored the first five points of the game. Steffani Stoeger scored NMU’s first basket of the game from three-point range at 17:48. Stoeger scored another basket on a lay-up at 14:33 for a 9-6 game. LSSU had built up a nine-point lead (17-8) before back-to-back three-pointers by Stoeger and Christa Erickson gave the ‘Cats a three-point deficit (17-14) with 7:35 left in the half. The two teams traded baskets before the Lakers pulled away with an 8-3 run. With the score 27-21 in favor of LSSU scored the next seven points for a 34-21 lead with under a minute left in the half. Stoeger made a lay-up with 41 seconds left for the final score of the half.
Within the first five minutes of the second half the ‘Cats had the Lakers lead down to three points twice. Stoeger’s three-pointer at 15:57 made the score 42-39 as that was followed up by Kelsey Deacon’s jumper at 15:14 (42-39). NMU would go a little more than four minutes before scoring another basket. Kellie Rietveld sank two free throws at 10:51 for a 52-41 game. Cassie Hegbloom gave the ‘Cats a little life at 8:37 with a three-pointer (55-47). Another three-pointer by Erickson kept the ‘Cats in the game at 61-52 (4:09). Erickson followed that up with a lay-up at 3:38 (61-54). That was as close as the ‘Cats would get on the night.
Stoeger led NMU in the scoring column with 13 points. Erickson off the bench added 10 points. Jaclyn Armstrong led the Lakers with 21 points. Rietveld led NMU with seven rebounds.
NMU was 10-25 from three-point land (40 percent) for the game. Stoeger led the ‘Cats by going 3-5 from the three-point line. NMU made 13 trips to the free throw line and made 10 throws (76.9 percent). The ‘Cats lost the battle off the glass by 12 rebounds (39-27).
NMU will host the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Jan. 24) at 11 a.m.
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