MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Wildcats had four players in double figures as they went on to win the final game of their four-game home stand, 75-56 over the Ferris State Bulldogs. Northern Michigan moves to 6-4 overall and picked up its first conference win moving to 1-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Ferris is 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Staci Beckel led the way for the ‘Cat, scoring 20 points with 16 of them coming in the second half. Steffani Stoeger scored 16, Kellie Rietveld had 15 and Chelsea Lyons added 12.
“Staci Beckel had a monster second half. Steffani played great. Kellie had a good performance with 15 points and made a couple big threes.” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “Our main players stepped up like they need to.”
NMU used an 18-5 run to take a 14 point lead in the second half after Ferris started the second half on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32. The Wildcats led by as many 21 in the second half.
The Bulldogs led by eight to start the first half but NMU used a 10-0 run to take a two point lead (18-16) with 9:13 remaining. The ‘Cats extended their lead to 10 with 2:00 to go and ended the half, leading 32-24. Chelsea Lyons had 10 points in the first half.
“Chelsea had a good first half and we played good defense and created a lot of turnovers that led to good opportunities on the offensive end.”
Ferris committed 18 turnovers which led to 23 NMU points. The Wildcats shot 43 percent to the Bulldogs 33 percent and outrebounded Ferris, 36-35.
“I was worried about our energy coming off the game yesterday and it showed at the start of the second half when Ferris went on that run to tie the game. Overall it was a good win for us.” Mattson said. “I don’t have to be crabby at Christmas.”
NMU will travel to Ohio after Christmas to take on GLIAC newcomer Ohio Dominican on Dec. 30 and then Tiffin on Jan. 2.
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