MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team began Saturday’s tripleheader at the Berry Events Center with a bang. NMU turned an eight-point halftime lead (28-20) into a 78-58 win over the visiting Saginaw Valley State Cardinals.
The Wildcats improve to 10-7 overall and 5-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC). Saginaw Valley falls to 2-15 and 1-11 respectively.
The ‘Cats held the Cardinals to three points the first eight plus minutes of the game. Brynn Larsen’s lay-up at 11:44 gave the ‘Cats a 14-3 lead. Steffani Stoeger made another lay-up at 8:23 to give NMU the 21-10 score. Kellie Rietveld’s three-pointer with less than two minutes until the half gave the ‘Cats a 10-point cushion (26-16). Saginaw Valley scored the final four points of the half.
The Cardinals chipped away at the NMU lead in the beginning stages of the second half. Saginaw Valley had the ‘Cats lead down to two points (31-29) at 16:57. Christa Erickson canned a three-pointer for a five point NMU advantage (34-29). The Cardinals answered with a three of their own (34-32). Rietveld and Kelsey Deacon sank back-to-back three-pointers for a NMU lead of 40-32 with 14:53 left in the game.
Rietveld converted a three-point play the old fashion way at 11:58 to extend NMU’s lead to 49-36. The ‘Cats used a 13-8 run to put the game away over the next five minutes. When Stoeger hit from beyond the arc with 6:41 showing on the clock the ‘Cats had one of their biggest leads of the game (62-44). With about a minute left in the game, Nicole Grengs sank bother of her free throw s for a 76-56 lead for the ‘Cats.
Rietveld led NMU in the scoring column with 13 points. Stoeger added 10 points. Erin Powers off the bench just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Tricia Everett and Kelsey Mausolf each had 14 points each for the Cardinals.
NMU was 25-65 from the floor (38.5 percent) for the game. From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 14-34 (41.2 percent). Erickson scored all nine of her points from the arc as she was 3-4. NMU was 14-17 from the free throw line (41.2 percent). The Cardinals won the battle of the boards with a 43-35 edge.
The ‘Cats are home this coming week. NMU will host Ferris State Thursday (Jan. 29) and Grand Valley State Saturday (Jan. 31).
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