DETROIT, Mich. – Three Wildcats scored in double-figures and one had a double-double Thursday night in Detroit, Mich. at Wayne State University as the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team rolled to a 67-57 win over the Warriors to take the regular season series. NMU defeated Wayne State about two weeks ago in Marquette (74-59).
With the win the ‘Cats improve to 5-3 overall on the season and 3-1 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. WSU falls to 1-7 and 0-4 respectively.
About half way through the first half the ‘Cats down by two got a lift from a three-pointer by Holly Cole to take an 18-17 lead. After the three-pointer the ‘Cats went on a 5-0 run to take a 23-17 lead with 8:21 left in the half. WSU made a three-pointer at 7:11 before the ‘Cats answered with a lay-up by Mariah Dunham (28-20). WSU again cut into the lead for a 28-26 score at 5:47 before Dunham made another lay-up (30-26). With about four minutes left in the half, Erin Powers made one of her two free throw attempts to give the ‘Cats a 31-26 lead. The Warriors took a 32-31 lead with a little over two minutes left in the half. NMU answered with four consecutive points to end the first 20 minutes of play (35-32).
After a basket by WSU to open up the second half the ‘Cats received a three-pointer from Elicia Derusha and a jumper from Kellie Rietveld for a 40-34 score with a little over three minutes gone on the half. After a WSU basket, the ‘Cats used a 6-0 run for a commanding 49-36 lead (12:13). The Warriors had the NMU lead down to four points twice within the next six minutes as the score was 54-50 with 5:54 left in the game. Over the next minute or so the ‘Cats got a lay-up from Derusha, and free throws from Steffani Stoeger and Rietveld for a 59-52 lead with four minutes left in the game. Dunham gave the ‘Cats a seven-point cushion at 61-54 with 2:18 left in the game. Down the stretch the ‘Cats sank six straight free throws to ice the win.
Derusha led the ‘Cats with 17 points and 11 rebounds as she was 6-7 from the field. Dunham ended the game with 15 points while Rietveld added 11. Brooke Bowers led the Warriors with 24 points.
NMU was 20-49 from the floor for the game (40.8 percent). The ‘Cats were 7-25 from the three-point line (28 percent). Rietveld, Derusha and Cole each canned two three-pointers. From the charity strip the ‘Cats were 20-28 (71.4 percent). NMU outrebounded the Warriors 41-30.
The ‘Cats play at Northwood Saturday (Dec. 19) for its final game before the Christmas break.
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