MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team has advanced to the Final Four of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 71-50 victory over the Ashland Eagles Tuesday night in one of the quarterfinal games.
In other quarterfinal action Michigan Tech (1) defeated Northwood (8) 78-52, Findlay (4) defeated Hillsdale (5) 66-62 and Lake Superior State (6) defeated Grand Valley State (3) 61-51. The semifinals (Friday, March 5) will match-up Michigan Tech facing Lake Superior State in the first game at 6 p.m. , and Northern Michigan tipping off against Findlay in the second game at 8 p.m. The championship game is set for Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m. All games will be held at the SDC Gymnasium, Michigan Tech.
With the win the Wildcats won its 20th game of the season and are now 20-8 overall. Ashland concludes the 2009-10 season with a 14-14 record.
The ‘Cats jumped out to a 15-4 lead five minutes gone in the game after a Steffani Stoeger three-pointer. A little under the half way point in the half, Mariah Dunham’s lay-up made the score 28-11. About three minutes later Dunham’s jumper gave the ‘Cats a 32-15 lead. The final five minutes of the half the ‘Cats used a 6-1 run to take a 40-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Elicia Derusha’s three-point play minutes into the second half had the ‘Cats up by a score of 46-28. Dunham’s lay-up six minutes into the half had the ‘Cat leading by 21 points (53-32). NMU kept its lead around the 20-point mark. Holly Cole sank a three-pointer at 7:43 for a 60-39 NMU lead. A little over a minute later, Derusha’s lay-up gave the ‘Cats a 64-41 lead. The NMU defense did not allow Ashland a score the final 3:28 of the game. NMU ended the game with a free throw from Dunham and a lay-up by Erin Powers.
Dunham off the bench again led all scorers with 22 points and nine rebounds. Stoeger ended the game with 13 points while Christa Erickson added 10. Daiva Garbec led the Eagles with 21 points.
For the game NMU shot 29-61 from the floor (47.5 percent). From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 7-21 (35.3 percent) with Stoeger making three of the triples. The ‘Cats attempted nine free throws and made six (66.7 percent). NMU outrebounded Ashland by a 45-29 count.
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