KENOSHA, Wis. – For the second game this week the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team dug a hole in the first half and its comeback in the second half fell just short. Today the Wildcats took on the UW-Parkside Rangers and came out on the short end of a 75-68 score. After 20 minutes of play the ‘Cats were trailing 40-26.
The loss puts NMU at 1-2 on the season while UWP improves to 3-1.
With six minutes gone in the game, Mariah Dunham tied the score at 11-all with a jumper. The Rangers answered with a 4-0 run for a 15-11 lead. Elicia Derusha made the score 22-17 at 10:34 of the first half, UWP then would expand its lead to 30-19 over the next four minutes. With less than two minutes left before halftime the Rangers held its largest lead 39-24. NMU was 10-3 from the floor in the first half (30.3 percent), which included 1-10 (10 percent) from the three-point line. Christa Erickson canned NMU’s lone three-pointer in the half.
UWP held a 17-point advantage (51-34) about four minutes into the second half. NMU used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 51-41 with 14:24 left in the game. Derusha had four of the points in the run. Kellie Rietveld’s three-pointer with 11:30 showing on the clock had the ‘Cats to fewer than 10 points with a 55-46 score. The three-pointer would be the ‘Cats lone three-pointer in the second half. UWP quickly got its lead back up to 14 points (62-48) with less than 10 minutes left in the game. With about seven minutes and some change left in the game the ‘Cats were within striking distance again at 62-53 after Dunham converted both of her free throws.
The Rangers answered with a 6-2 run for a 68-55 game. NMU used its own run of 9-2 to cut the score to 70-64 with three plus minutes left in the game. All the points in the run were scored by Derusha or Dunham. UWP held off the ‘Cats the rest of the way. NMU would get as close as five points on a Derusha lay-up with 19 ticks left on the clock (73-68).
Dunham ended the game as the leading scorer with 33 points while Derusha added 14. Both were NMU career highs for the tandem. Brittany Hogen led UWP with 17 points. Derusha led the ‘Cats off the boards with nine rebounds.
NMU ended the game by shooting 27-64 from the floor (42.2 percent). The ‘Cats were only 2-17 (11.8 percent) from beyond the arc. NMU was 12-18 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. The ‘Cats won the battle along the boards with a 36-34 edge.
NMU will stay on the road for one more game before its home opener. The ‘Cats are at Finlandia Tuesday (Dec. 1) at 5:30 p.m. before hosting Northwood Thursday (Dec. 3) at 5:30 p.m.
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