QUINCY, Ill. – Four Wildcats scored in double figures and Erin Powers set a new tournament record with 18 rebounds to lead the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball (1-1) to its first win of the season, defeating Missouri Western State, 73-58. The ‘Cats bounced back from their season opening loss at Minnesota-Duluth to pick up the win against the Griffons (0-1) in the first round of the Quincy/ Subway Tipoff Tournament.
Senior center Erin Powers had a monster game on the glass, pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds and adding 14 points in 34 minutes of playing time. Staci Beckel scored 19 points on seven of 10 shooting in only her second game in the Wildcat green and gold.
NMU never trailed in the game and led 35-28 at halftime. Missouri Western St. got as close as two when they trailed 49-47 with a little over 10 minutes to go but NMU reeled off seven straight points off shots by Katie Becker and Chelsea Lyons to regain control of the game.
NMU had 17 offensive rebounds leading to 18 second chance points. Powers had six of the offensive boards. The Wildcats shot 40 percent to the Griffons shot 35 percent while outrebounding the Griffons 48-37.
Hillary Bowling scored 15 points on six for 12 shooting and seven rebounds for NMU and Steffani Stoeger added 10 points.
The Griffons had three players in double digits led by Jessica Koch with 15. Lauren Nolke and Rachel Luteyn added 11.
The Wildcats advance to the Championship game against tournament host Quincy. Game time is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. (eastern). Quincy defeated Upper Iowa, 78-66.
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