MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team got its offense back on track in its 84-72 win over Saginaw Valley State (4-9, 2-5 GLIAC) on Thursday night. The ‘Cats averaged only 46 points in their last three games but had four players in double figures.
NMU (7-7, 2-5 GLIAC) was led by Chelsea Lyons with 22 points on 8 -of- 11 shooting. Steffani Stoeger broke out of her scoring slump with 19 points. Hillary Bowling scored 17 and Staci Beckel had 12. Kellie Rietveld chipped in with nine. Four of the starters played over 36 minutes each.
The Wildcats led from start to finish. The Cardinals got within five with 12:00 to go, but a three-pointer and a layup by Stoeger and another layup by Lyons but the ‘Cats back up by 12 with 10 and a half to go.
“It was a good win for us.” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “It was good for us to see the ball go in the hoop and put some points on the board.”
Stoeger only scored 14 points in the last three games combined. She scored 19 as she shot 6 -for- 15 and made four three-pointers with two steals and an assist.
“Steffani is one of my favorite players of all-time. She’s such a good person and it’s good to see her have a good game. She’s been in such a horrible slump and it’s great for our team.” Mattson said.
NMU led 43-38 at half after shooting 43 percent from the floor. Lyons and Bowling combined for 21 points. The ‘Cats led by as many as 10 with 13:00 to go. The Cardinals were able to cut the lead to one with six minutes to go. NMU hit 13 free throws in the first half.
SVSU had three players in double figure led bye Cheritee Green with 21 points. Jasmine Kennedy scored 17 and Kayla Womack had 12. The Cardinals shot 47.5 percent and 40 percent from three-point land.
NMU finished shooting 46.6 percent and 81.5 percent (22-27) from the free throw line. The ‘Cats turned the ball over only eight times and outrebounded the Cardinals 35-31.
NMU hosts Lake Superior State on Saturday (Jan. 15) from the Berry Events Center. Game time is set for 3 p.m. The Lakers lost to Michigan Tech, 66-69, from Houghton on Thursday (Jan. 13) night.
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