ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team went down in defeat to No. 19 Grand Valley State for the second time this season. The Lakers took the early lead and never looked back, defeating NMU, 70-45, Thursday night from GVSU Fieldhouse.
“We didn’t play very hard or smart tonight.” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “That’s my fault. I need to get the team prepared properly.”
NMU (7-9, 2-7 GLIAC) was a close as 13 midway through the second half after Hillary Bowling buried a pair of 3-pointers but Grand Valley went on a 15-3 run to end the game.
Grand Valley (13-3, 7-3 GLIAC) started the second half on an 8-1 run and lead by as many as 27 late in the second half. The Lakers shot 54.7 percent and dominated the boards with 41 rebounds to NMU’s 20.
The Wildcats were led in scoring by Steffani Stoeger with 12 and Hillary Bowling with 11. Staci Beckel had eight points and five rebounds. NMU shot 35 percent from the floor and 22 percent from 3-point land.
NMU forced 21 turnovers but only converted them into seven points, all of them coming in the first half. The Lakers scored 18 points off of NMU's 13 turnovers.
The Lakers had three players in double figures led by Alex Stelfox with 15 points. Briauna Taylor and Tori Klewicki-McNutt had 10 points each and Elizabeth Van Tiflin had six points and 11 rebounds. Lauren Stodola had six assists.
NMU trailed by 12 at half (27-39) after Grand Valley shot 64 percent and made six 3-pointers. The Lakers turned the ball over 13 times in the first half. Stoeger had nine points at halftime.
“We’ll get back at it tomorrow in practice and look for a good effort on Saturday at Ferris.” Mattson said.
NMU travels to Big Rapids to take on Ferris State on Saturday (Jan. 22). The ‘Cats defeated the Bulldogs on Dec. 19 for their first conference win of the season. Game time is set for 3 p.m. from Jim Wink Arena.
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