MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team clinched the number two seed for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 67-57 win over the visiting Lake Superior State Lakers Saturday at the Berry Events Center. NMU will face Ashland Tuesday night (March 2) at 7 p.m. in a quarterfinal game of the tournament at the Berry Events Center. The Wildcats and Eagles split the two games during the regular season. NMU lost to Ashland on the road in early January (69-64) and then won the rematch in Marquette earlier in the month (81-65).
With the win today the ‘Cats improve to 19-8 overall and 16-6 in the GLIAC. The Lakers fall to 14-12 and 11-11 respectively.
The first half saw the Lakers control the tempo and the score. NMU did not take over the lead for any length of time until about 6:50 left in the half when Hillary Bowling nailed a three-pointer to give the ‘Cats a 20-18 lead. The Lakers tied the score at 20-all about a minute later before the ‘Cats used a 5-0 run for a 25-20 lead. Mariah Dunham hit a jumper with 1:20 left in the half for the final basket which gave the ‘Cats a 30-22 lead at halftime.
The second half began with the ‘Cats extending its lead to 15 points, 37-22, after a three-pointer by Dunham (17:57). When Dunham sank both of her free throws at 15:15 NMU had its largest lead of the game (45-25). NMU kept the lead in double-digits until with about four minutes to go in the game. NMU was holding onto a 61-48 lead before the Lakers used 7-0 run to get back in the game (61-55) with less than two minutes left on the clock. Kellie Rietveld’s two free throws gave NMU an eight-point cushion (63-55) with about a minute left. NMU scored four points in the last minute to pick up the win.
Dunham led all scorers with 27 points. She also had six rebounds to lead the ‘Cats. Angie Leckson and Bowling each had 10 points for the game. Casey Schemberger led the Lakers with 12 points.
For the game the ‘Cats were 22-49 from the floor (44.9 percent). From beyond the arc the team shot 5-16 (31.3 percent) as Bowling made two of the three-pointers. NMU was 18-22 from the free throw line (81.8 percent). The ‘Cats had a four-rebound edge over the Lakers for the game (35-31).
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