MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team won its second Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game of the season with a 74-59 win over the visiting Wayne State Warriors Saturday. NMU led at the half 43-23.
NMU improves to 4-2 overall on the season and 2-0 in the conference. WSU falls to 1-5 and 0-2 respectively.
Shannon Helminen nailed a three-pointer at 14:15 of the first half as the Wildcats had a 14-point lead (19-5). NMU kept the lead above 13 points until the Warriors close the gap to 11 points at 7:30 (30-19). Kellie Rietveld’s three-pointer at 5:19 gave NMU a 35-21 cushion. Angie Leckson then made two free throws to give NMU a 16-point lead (37-21). WSU was held without a score the final 3:53 of the half as the ‘Cats ran off six straight points all on free throws.
NMU kept the lead at 20 points after Holly Cole sank a three-pointer almost six minutes into the second half (54-34). Christa Erickson’s three-pointer at 8:41 gave the ‘Cats a 22-point lead 64-42. NMU held the lead to 20 points until the Warriors scored with under two minutes left in the game (72-54). Helminen capped off the win by sinking two free throws with 27 ticks left on the clock.
Hillary Bowling led the ‘Cats with 15 points off the bench. Elicia Derusha had 12 points. Brooke Bowers led the Warriors with 11 points. Leckson had a game-high seven rebounds.
NMU was 21-42 from the floor for the game (50 percent). That included 9-15 from beyond the arc (60 percent). Cole was 3-5 for the ‘Cats in three-pointers. At the charity stripe NMU was 23-27 (85.2 percent). The Warriors won the tussle along the boards at 39-36.
NMU will be back in action a week from today (Dec. 12) against Michigan Tech at the Berry Events Center at 5:30 p.m.
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