MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team ended the 2010-11 season with a 12-14 overall record and a 7-12 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. NMU finished sixth in the GLIAC North Division and 11th overall in the standings.
It was the sixth season under head coach Troy Mattson. In 138 games under coach Mattson, the Wildcats have won 72 games.
The ‘Cats finished the nonconference schedule 5-2. They lost in the first game of the season at Minnesota-Duluth before defeating Southwest Missouri State in the first game of the Quincy/Subway Tipoff Tournament. Quincy defeated the ‘Cats the next night. Finlandia came to town for the first home game as NMU won 94-57. NMU then won two games at the Radisson Roseville Thanksgiving Classic over host Concordia and Southwest Minnesota State.
December opened with a four-game home stand and the start of the GLIAC schedule. Michigan Tech and Grand Valley defeated the Wildcats but NMU got wins over nonconference Wisconsin-Parkside and picked up the first conference win over Ferris State. Ohio Dominican defeated the ‘Cats to end 2010.
The team went 2-6 in the month of January. The first two games were losses on the road at Tiffin and Michigan Tech before a split with Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State at home. Two more road losses at Grand Valley and Ferris followed before a home win over Hillsdale and a home loss to Northwood.
NMU finished the season strong in February. A win on the road at Findlay was mixed between losses on the road at Wayne State and Lake Superior. Three wins in a row followed as the ‘Cats defeated Lake Erie and Ashland from the Berry Events Center before defeating Northwood in Midland, Mich. A loss at Saginaw Valley rounded out the season.
Chelsea Lyon was selected to the GLIAC North Division Second Team. She had six 20-point performances and started the final 14 games. She scored 23 points at home against Michigan Tech and in an early February win at Findlay. Kellie Rietveld was Selected GLIAC North Division Defensive Team.
Juniors Chelsea Lyons and Staci Beckel led the team in scoring. Lyons finished with 333 points good for and average of 12.8. She led the team in field goal shooting percentage at 46.9 percent and was tied with Erin Powers with 139 rebounds. Beckel scored 277 points and Stoeger had 276. Stoeger played 884 total minutes and led the team with 54 steals and 63 assists. Hillary Bowling made 40 3-pointers, shooting 40.4 percent from downtown. Stoeger, Beckel and Kellie Rietveld started all 26 games.
There were five seniors on the squad. Steffani Stoeger finished her career with 1,033 points, good for 22nd on NMU’s career scoring list. She also ended her career with 199 steals, making her second on career steals list. Erin Powers ended her career with 462 rebounds, placing her 20th on the all-time rebounding list. Jaclyn Davey, Kellie Rietveld and Callie Youngman also played their last game as Wildcats.
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