MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team got its home portion of the season kicked off with a 94-57 victory over the Finlandia Lions. Hillary Bowling had a career-high before halftime as she finished with 22 points, leading all scorers. The ‘Cats made 14 three-pointers on the evening and are now 2-2 on the season. Finlandia remains winless at 0-4.
The Wildcats started the game with an 8-0 lead and extended it to 11-2 before the Lions Linzy Monticello made a pair of threes to close the gap. The lead was three with 14:00 to go in the first half but solid play by Bowling and Jaclyn Davey had the ‘Cats up 45-31 at halftime. Bowling had 18 points at half on six three-point buckets. Davey had 12 at the half on six for eight shooting.
“Hillary is our best shooter but she hasn’t been shooting the ball well in the first couple games. We needed her to get hot. And she was wide open.” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said.
Mattson also knew the importance of getting Jaclyn Davey involved, “We need Jacky to be a scorer in the post. We need her to run the floor and be that great athlete that she is.” Davey finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds.
The Wildcats were able to get some playing time and experience for some of the players that haven’t seen much action yet this year. Kelsey Campbell scored nine points and Callie Youngman had eight.
“We needed to get some of our players that haven’t played much yet. They’re going to need to get some experience before we need them in clutch situations.”
Other Wildcats in double figures were Staci Beckel (11) and Erin Powers continued her strong play with 10 and also had 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Finlandia was lead by Janele Linna’s 13 points. Emily Lehto had 12 and Monticello chipped in 11.
NMU hits the road for a weekend tournament at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. The ‘Cats take on Concordia on Friday (Nov. 26) at 4 p.m. and Southwest Minnesota St. on Saturday (Nov. 27) at 2 p.m.
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