DULUTH, Minn. – Cold shooting in the first half put the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team in a bit of a hole Tuesday night against the Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth. NMU shot 26.5 percent (9-34) from the floor during the first 20 minutes of play and were down 30-19 at the half. NMU turned around and shot 33.3 percent from the floor (11-33) in the second half and held the Bulldogs to 28.1 percent (9-32) as they outscored the home team 30-23 in the second 20 minutes of play. But in the end the Wildcats fell just short on the scoreboard by a 53-49 score.
NMU falls to 1-1 on the season while Minnesota-Duluth improves to 4-1.
The first five plus minutes of the game was close, when Angie Leckson made a jumper at 15:12 the score was 5-4 in favor of the home team. After Steffani Stoeger tied it up at seven-all about 30 second later the Bulldogs went on an 8-2 run over the next three minutes for a 15-9 lead. Elicia Derusha made a lay-up with 10 minutes left in the half for a 15-13 score the Bulldogs went on another run of 9-0 for a 24-13 game. NMU went about eight minutes without a score. Mariah Dunham broke the drought with a lay-up at 2:10 remaining in the half. Derusha and Brynn Larsen added baskets for the ‘Cats during the last two minutes of the half.
The Bulldogs kept its double-digit lead until the 12:29 mark when Dunham made a lay-up to cut the score to 43-34. Stoeger’s three-pointer at 8:29 gave NMU life as the team was now down six points (46-40). Holly Cole’s lone three-pointer of the night came at 3:40 as the ‘Cats were down by five points (52-47). Stoeger then converted both of her free throws for a 52-39 game with a little less than two minutes left in the game. The ‘Cats would go the rest of the game without a score.
Stoeger led NMU with 12 points. Jheri Booker recorded a game-high 17 points for the Bulldogs. Stoeger and Dunham each had eight rebounds to pace the ‘Cats.
NMU shot 29.9 percent from the floor for the game (20-67). The ‘Cats from the three-point line were 5-26 (19.2 percent). NMU had six free throws and converted four of the throws (66.7 percent). Minnesota-Duluth had 22 free throws and made 14 of its throws. Rebounds were almost even as NMU had one more than the Bulldogs (47-46). The ‘Cats turned the ball over 26 times during the game.
NMU will be back in action again Saturday afternoon (Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.) at Wisconsin-Parkside.
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