MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team had little trouble Saturday afternoon taking care of the Dragons from Tiffin University. NMU leading 38-19 after the first 20 minutes of play ended the game with a 73-59 score.
The win was the Wildcats seventh in a row as the team improves to 16-5 overall and 13-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Tiffin falls to 6-15 and 3-13 respectively.
Tiffin scored the first basket of the game, but the ‘Cats quickly rattled off eight consecutive points to take an 8-2 lead over the first four minutes of the game. During the run NMU received three-pointers from Angie Leckson and Christa Erickson. A little under 11 minutes gone in the half, Elicia Derusha’s jumper gave NMU the 20-3 advantage. Mariah Dunham’s lay-up at 6:04 gave the ‘Cats a 12-point cushion (27-15). With 3:21 left before the intermission, Erickson sank another three-pointer for a 34-15 game. Derusha recorded the final four points of the half for the ‘Cats all from the free throw line.
Steffani Stoeger opened up the second half with a lay-up and a 40-19 lead. Dunham’s jumper at 15:08 had the ‘Cats up by 22 points (46-24). With 12:20 left in the game, Leckson sank both of her free throws for a 52-28 score. Stoeger connected for a three-ball at 10:55 for a 20-point lead (55-35). Erickson connected for another three-pointer at 5:13 to put the ‘Cats up by 22 points (67-45). Kellie Rietveld hit for a jumper the next time down the court for a 69-45 score. NMU scored the final four points of the game from the free throw line as Lauren Beeler and Shannon Helminen sank two throws each.
Erickson led the ‘Cats with 17 points as she was 6-15 from the floor. Derusha ended the game with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds as she was 6-8 from the free throw line. Dunham off the bench chipped in with 11 points. Stephanie Kelly led the Dragons with 13 points.
NMU ended the game by going 23-61 from the floor (37.7 percent). Erickson led the ‘Cats from beyond the arc with a 5-13 game as a team NMU was 9-25 (36 percent). The ‘Cats were 18-24 from the free throw line (75 percent). Rebounds were even at 43 for each side.
NMU will stay at home next week with two games. Thursday (Feb. 11) the ‘Cats take on the Lakers of Grand Valley State before hosting the Bulldogs of Ferris State Saturday (Feb. 13).
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