HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team got off to a good start and led by two at half but couldn’t hold on, losing its third game in a row, 48-58, to No. 10 Michigan Tech on Thursday night from the Student Development Complex.
“They’re a good team.” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “There’s a reason they’re ranked No. 10 in the nation.”
Michigan Tech (10-1, 6-0 GLIAC) used a 13-0 run in the middle of the second half to get control of the game after five ties and five lead changes. With the scored tied at 35 with 14:26 to go, Chelsea Lyons scored a layup and the ‘Cats went on a dry spell over the next six minutes.
“We had that bad stretch in the second half. We broke down defensively three times in a row and missed some open shots to give them a chance.” Mattson said.
Hillary Bowling and Sam Hoyt exchanged threes to start the second half after NMU led 27-25 at half. The ‘Cats led by as many as nine in the first half after holding the Huskies to 23 percent shooting. Thirteen of MTU’s 25 first half points came from the free throw line.
“We played really well in the first half. If we didn’t give up so many free throws it would’ve been a different story.” Mattson said.
Chelsea Lyons led the ‘Cats with 12 points and seven rebounds. Hillary Bowling scored nine before fouling out and Steffani Stoeger and Staci Beckel chipped in with eight each.
NMU (6-7, 1-5 GLIAC) played five times at the SDC last season.
“We’re comfortable playing in this gym. It’s like a second home. We played well. We just need to finish games on the road.” Mattson said.
NMU could end up playing in Houghton again this season if the Huskies host another GLIAC tournament.
The ‘Cats finished the game shooting 28 percent to MTU’s 33. NMU made only five of its 20 three-point attempts. NMU scored 17 points off of 15 MTU turnovers.
Lucy Dernovsek scored 15 for Michigan Tech and Lindsey Lindstrom added 14 and 10 rebounds. MTU outrebounded the ‘Cats 41-34.
The ‘Cats have a week to prepare for Saginaw Valley State (Jan. 13) and Lake Superior State (Jan. 15.)
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