TIFFIN, Ohio – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team (6-6, 1-4 GLIAC) was held to 30 points below its season average as the Wildcats lost their second Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game in a row, 36-47, to Tiffin University.
Tiffin (8-4, 3-3 GLIAC) led by as many as eight in the first half before the ‘Cats closed on a 10-2 run to tie the score at 21 at the break.
The Dragons went on an 11-0 run to start the second half and never looked back, leading by as many as 15.
Hillary Bowling hit a three with 4:49 to go to bring the ‘Cats to within seven but that was as close as NMU got down the stretch.
“Tiffin’s a good basketball team.” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “They should’ve beat Tech and had a good chance at Grand Valley. They’re small and very athletic.”
NMU turned the ball over 24 times and were outrebounded 30-41.
Chelsea Lyons and Hillary Bowling led the ‘Cats with seven points each. Kellie Rietveld and Staci Beckel had six.
“We did good on the defensive end only giving up 47 points. We seem to always be prepared to play defense but we need to toughen up on the offensive end on the road. We look good at home but we need to get better on the road.” Mattson said.
Jessica Harris had a double-double for the Dragons, scoring 17 points and having 15 rebounds. Mandy Jaeb had 10 points and seven rebounds.
“Mandy Jaeb is a great player. She’s 5-2 and is probably the best player in the league.” Mattson said.
The Wildcats travels to Michigan Tech on Thursday (Jan. 6) for their second game with the Huskies. Tipoff time in Houghton is set for 7:30 p.m.
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