ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team picked up its third win in a row with a 63-57 victory over Southwest Minnesota State at the Radisson Roseville Thanksgiving Classic on the campus of Concordia University. NMU improves to 4-2 on the season. Southwest Minnesota State drops to 1-3.
NMU started the game on an 8-0 run, with seniors Kellie Rietveld and Erin Powers getting the ‘Cats off to the quick start. The Wildcats led by as many as 18 in the first half and had the 36-21 lead at half, shooting 50 percent and four of six at the three point line.
Southwest Minnesota State rallied early in the second half to tie the score at 36. This time it was senior Steffani Stoeger who broke the tie and Staci Beckel also knocked down a jumper to put the ‘Cats ahead by five. It was a close game the rest of the way. NMU missed free throws down the stretch but the Cougars couldn’t capitalize and NMU went on to win by six.
NMU’s post players had a good day in the paint. The ‘Cats had 26 points in the paint with Erin Powers getting her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Staci Beckel played 37 minutes and had 13 points and seven boards while Jaclyn Davey had nine points.
The ‘Cats shot 48 percent from the field and outrebounded the Cougars, 36-31. Steffani Stoeger had nine points and five assists. Chelsea Lyons had eight and Rietveld had seven.
NMU has a week to prepare for U.P. rival Michigan Tech, who comes to the Berry Events Center on Saturday (Dec. 4) to open up the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) portion of the schedule. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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