BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game Thursday at Ferris State. NMU leading by three point at halftime (27-24) and up by as many as 12 points in the second half held on to win the game by a score of 56-54. NMU did not score a point the final 5:37 of the game.
With the win the Wildcats are now 13-5 overall on the season and 10-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. The Bulldogs fall to 5-13 and 4-9 respectively.
With NMU leading 10-9 after an Erin Powers free throw at 14:52 of the first half the team used a 7-3 run over the next two plus minutes to take a 17-12 lead at 12:26 after a lay-up by Mariah Dunham. Ferris State took a brief lead about halfway through the half before Powers sank both of her free throws for a 19-18 lead then Christa Erickson sank one of her five first half three-pointers for a 22-18 game with a little over eight minutes left on the clock. The Bulldogs tied the game once again at 22-all with 5:48 left in the half, but the ‘Cats got a basket from Dunham and a three-pointer from Steffani Stoeger for a 27-22 lead with 4:43 left before the intermission. Ferris added a basket with about two minutes left before halftime for the final score (27-24) of the first half.
The second half began with the ‘Cats using a 14-5 run to take a 41-29 lead five plus minutes into the half. Angie Leckson and Stoeger recorded back-to-back baskets during the run. Ferris had the NNU lead down to two points (41-39) with about 12 minutes left in the game. Elicia Derusha answered with a three-pointer of her own (44-39). Once again the Bulldogs chipped away at the NMU lead and had it down to a one-point game (44-43) before a three-point play by Leckson for a 47-43 game with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. The game was tied at 51-all with 6:39 on the clock. Stoeger’s three-pointer and a lay-up by Dunham gave the ‘Cats a 56-51 lead (5:37). That basket would be NMU’s final one of the game. Ferris added a three-point play at 4:14 for the final points of the game. Neither team scored the final four plus minutes of the game.
Erickson led all scorers with 18 points. All of her points came from behind the three-point line (6-10). Stoeger added 12 points and four assists while Leckson chipped in with 10. Kellie Rietveld added three assists and two steals. Becci Houdek led the Bulldogs with 12 points. Leckson just missed a double-double as she had a game-high nine rebounds.
For the game the ‘Cats were 20-58 from the floor (34.5 percent). From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 9-25 (36 percent). NMU attempted 12 free throws for the game and sank seven (58.3 percent). The ‘Cats had a 10-rebound advantage over the Bulldogs (41-31).
NMU will play the final game of the four-game road swing Saturday (Jan. 30) at Grand Valley State.
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