TIFFIN, Ohio – Just like the old saying goes, a win is a win. Thursday night at Tiffin University the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team won the game, but it was not pretty. NMU shot less than 24 percent from the floor from the game, but on the scoreboard the Wildcats took the 44-36 game.
NMU won its fifth straight game with the victory to improve to 9-3 overall and 6-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Tiffin falls to 4-7 and 1-5 respectively.
Kellie Rietveld tied the game at eight-all about eight plus minutes into the game on a jumper. The ‘Cats then took the lead, 10-8, on a jumper by Angie Leckson (9:47). The Dragons took the lead back and were leading 16-12 before the ‘Cats got back-to-back baskets from Elicia Derusha and Hillary Bowling to tie the game at 16-all (4:30). Derusha and Leckson each sank a pair of free throws to give NNMU a four-point lead 20-16 with less than a minute left in the half. The score would hold up as the teams went into the locker rooms. Neither team shot that well in the half, NMU was 7-31 (22.6 percent) while Tiffin was 6-32 (18.8 percent).
The second half began with each team trading baskets. Steffani Stoeger gave NMU a five-point lead (27-22) after she canned a three-pointer at 14:42. When Erin Powers converted her jumper at 7:15 the ‘Cats held a 10-point cushion (38-28). The Dragons had the NMU lead down to two points (38-36) with 40 seconds left in the game. Stoeger made both of her free throws with less than 35 second left in the game for a 40-36 lead for NNU. The ‘Cats iced the win when Rietveld and Derusha converted a pair of free throws each with seconds left in the contest.
Leckson led the ‘Cats in the scoring column with a game-high 12 points. Rietveld added 11 points. Hillary Bowling led the ‘Cats off the glass with nine rebounds as she came off the bench. Mandy Jaeb and Jessica Harris each had 10 points for the Dragons.
NMU was 14-59 from the floor for the game (23.7 percent). The ‘Cats only made two of its 10 three-point attempts for the game (20 percent). Stoeger and Christa Erickson each had a three-pointer on the night. NMU was 14-20 from the free throw line (70 percent). The ‘Cats had an 11-rebound edge over the Dragons 51-40.
NMU stays in Ohio for another game Saturday (Jan. 9) against the Eagles of Ashland University.
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