MARQUETTE, Mich. – A late comeback by the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team fell short, as the Wildcats fell 62-54 to Tiffin University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Thursday (Dec. 8) at the Berry Events Center.
With the loss, NMU falls to 3-5 on the season and 0-2 in the GLIAC, while Tiffin improves to 5-1 and 2-1 in the GLIAC.
Tiffin gained the lead early in the first half, as the Dragons put together a streaky shooting performance, connecting on 59.1 percent from the field. The Dragons captured a 12-point, 18-6 lead by the 12:17 mark of the first half off of a 3-pointer from Deidra Brown.
The Dragons continued to stretch out its lead before the half, taking a 35-16 lead into the break.
The start of the second half began much as the same as the first half, as Tiffin maintained its double-digit lead, leading 52-35 at the 7:52 mark. It was at that point that NMU constructed a comeback, cutting the Tiffin lead to single digits in the last 90 seconds of the contest before foul trouble snuffed out the ‘Cats comeback.
The ‘Cats were led by its veterans, senior forward Hillary Bowling and senior guard Chelsea Lyons, who each netted nine points. Lyons also led NMU in rebounding with six boards.
The Dragons were led by Stephanie Kelly, who came off of the bench to lead Tiffin with 11 points. Holly Focke and Mandy Jaeb each had 10 points as well for the Dragons.
NMU shot only 33.9 percent (19-56) from the field and surrendered 22 turnovers, leading to 27 points for Tiffin.
The ‘Cats won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Dragons 38-33.
NMU returns to the court on Saturday (Dec. 10) hosting Ohio Dominican University. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
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