MARQUETTE, Mich. – Kelsey Campbell had only three points Thursday night, but they were the biggest three points of the game. Campbell’s 3-point bucket with 27.3 seconds to go lifted the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team to a 67-64 victory over visiting Hillsdale College.
NMU snapped its three-game losing streak and improved to 8-10 overall and 3-8 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Hillsdale fell to 12-5 and 6-5 in the GLIAC.
After Campbell’s 3-point shot the score was 64-63 in favor of NMU. Hillsdale’s Chelsea Harrison was fouled with 2 seconds to go but could only convert 1-of-2 free throws and Erin Powers grabbed the rebound and sealed the victory with a pair of free throws.
Staci Beckel led all scorers with 21 points. Steffani Stoeger chipped in with 14 and five steals and Chelsea Lyons scored 12.
Hillsdale had four players in double figures led by Harrison’s 17 points. Marissa DeMott netted 15 while Laura Barczak finished with 12. Liz Brannick chipped in with 10 points and three blocks.
For the game each club combined for 52 free throws. NMU was 25-of-27 for 92 percent, while the Chargers were 21-of-25 for 84 percent. Only seven 3-pointers were made in the game with four of them from DeMott. NMU only made 2-of-17 from deep.
Hillsdale led by four at halftime but layups by Lyons and Beckel quickly erased the lead. The largest lead either team had in the second half was a four-point lead with 9:49 to go. There were 16 ties and eight lead changes in the game.
The ‘Cats will be back home Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip against Northwood University. The Timberwolves lost (85-66) to Michigan Tech on Thursday night.
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