MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team (5-3, 0-1 GLIAC) used a well executed game plan and great free throw shooting to take down the University of Wisconsin Parkside Rangers (5-2, 2-0 GLVC) from the Berry Events Center on a snowy Saturday afternoon. NMU shot 26 -for- 28 from the free throw line and made 14 free throws in the last 5:00 to go on and win, 75-68.
“We had a really big focus on their inside players, especially Brittany Hogan.” NMU assistant coach Carly Benson said. “She ended up with six points and she averages almost 14 a game. All her points were on free throws so great job to our post players!”
NMU led by nine with 3:13 to go before Parkside went on a 10-4 run to bring the Rangers within three with a minute to go. Steffani Stoeger, Kellie Rietveld and Chelsea Lyons sealed the deal at the foul line in the last 60 seconds making eight free throws.
“They put a lot of pressure on the ball so we made an adjustment to put a ball screener in to help out Steffani.” Benson added. Chelsea Lyons stepped in to help Stoeger with ballhandling, “Chelsea can play every position and she is a great relief player to help Steffani handle the ball.”
Stoeger finished with 18 points; 10 of them points from the free throw line where she finished 10 -for-10. Kellie Rietveld scored a career-high 19 points on 5 -for- 8 from the field and 3 -for- 4 from the three point line. Lyons was the other Wildcat in double figures with 10 points and also pulling down 10 rebounds for her second double-double in a row.
NMU led 36-28 at the half after starting the game on an 8-0 run. NMU led by as many as 12 in the first half after Hillary Bowling hit one of her two threes at the 11:29 mark.
The Rangers were lead in scoring by Brittany Beyer’s 17. Amy Selk added 15 and Jadee Rooney chipped in with 14.
NMU continues its four-game home stand when it hosts Grand Valley State and Ferris State in its third and fourth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games of the season.
“We have another big game next week when Grand Valley comes to town. We play back-to-back so we have to be ready but we’ll take tonight’s win and think about next week tomorrow.” Benson said.
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