MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team found the winning touch once again Saturday at the Berry Events Center. NMU defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs by a score of 73-69. The Wildcats have now won eight of its past nine games.
With the win the ‘Cats improve to 17-6 overall and 14-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ferris State falls on the season to 6-17 and 5-13 respectively.
About five minutes into the game the Bulldogs held a 14-2 lead. Back-to-back jumpers by Elicia Derusha and Mariah Dunham cut the Ferris State lead to 14-6 with about 13 minutes left in the half. With NMU trailing 18-11 half way through the half the ‘Cats received back-to-back three-pointers from Christa Erickson and Kellie Rietveld for a one-point game (18-17) with a little under nine minutes to go. For the remainder of the half the ‘Cats kept on cutting into the Bulldogs lead and had its first lead of the game thanks to a three-pointer by Holly Cole at 3:56 for a 23-21 game. Ferris State took over the lead for a brief time before Cole hit another three-pointer at 1:29 for a 28-26 NMU lead. The half would end with NMU taking a 29-28 lead into the locker room.
The second half saw the ‘Cats use a 13-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half to take a commanding 42-32 lead. During the run three-pointers were made by Steffani Stoeger and Erickson. The Bulldogs would not go away as they stayed in the game and it down to two points (49-47) with 10:42 on the clock. Stoeger answered with back-to-back three-pointers for a 55-47 game. Dunham nailed a three-pointer of her own for a 10-point NMU lead (58-48) with 6:42 left in regulation. The ‘Cats went about four minutes without scoring a point as the Bulldogs had the game down to 65-64 with a little more than a minute to play. Dunham scored NMU’s first points with 49 ticks left on the clock since 4:41 for a three-point lead (67-64). The ‘Cats then sank six straight free throws the rest of the way to ice the win.
Stoeger led the ‘Cats with 17 points as she also had five rebounds and two assists. Cole, off the bench added 15 points. All of her points came from beyond the arc (5-10). Dunham also coming off the bench today added 13 points and five rebounds. Elicia Derusha added a team-high seven rebounds and four assists. Becci Houdek led the Bulldogs with 19 points.
NMU was 24-54 from the floor (44.4 percent) for the game. The ‘Cats were 13-34 from the three-point line (38.2 percent). Stoeger was 4-9 from the arc. NMU was also perfect from the free throw line as the team went 12-13 (92.3 percent). Rebounds were in favor of the home team (34-27).
The ‘Cats are on the road this coming week with game at Hillsdale (Feb. 18) and Findlay (Feb. 20).
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