January 29, 2011

NMU Women Struggle in Second Half

Steffani Stoeger
Steffani Stoeger

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team fell to the Northwood University Timberwolves, 58-65, in its second Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game of the weekend. NMU was up by as many as 27 in the first half before the Timberwolves came storming back.

NMU (8-11, 3-9 GLIAC) held the GLIAC’s leading scorer and Preseason Player of the Year, Pam Wilson, to just five first half points. The Wildcats played fierce defense in the opening half holding the T-Wolves to just 8 of 28 shooting (28.6%) and 0-for-10 from downtown. NMU was up by as many as 27 points with 4:21 left to play in the first half.

Northwood (9-9, 5-7 GLIAC) came out in the second half a completely different squad, starting on a 10-0 run to open the half.  The T-Wolves pulled within one point (48-49) at the 9:08 mark. Brittany Gibson drained a 3-pointer with 8:19 left to give the Wolves a 51-49 lead as Northwood never looked back from that point.

Gibson scored 20 of her game-high 22 points in the second half of play to pace the Wolves. Wilson finished with 19 after her first half struggle and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Chelsea Lyons led the ‘Cats with 21 points and nine rebounds for the day. Steffani Stoeger had another solid performance scoring 18 points on the afternoon. Erin Powers chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds.

For the afternoon NMU shot 34 percent from the field (19-of-55) and hauled down 40 rebounds.

Northwood finished the day 21-of-56 for 37 percent and were 6-of-18 from 3-point land.

NMU hits the road for a pair of GLIAC games at Wayne State and Findlay next weekend.

Notes: Stoeger is 38 points shy of 1,000 career points. The two teams meet for the second time on Feb. 24 in Midland. It was the fourth time this season that Chelsea Lyons scored at least 20 points.

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Prepared By
Mike Levy
NMU Sports Information
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