MARQUETTE, Mich. – Despite a late rally and a career night from senior guard Chelsea Lyons, the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team was denied a home win over its rival, falling 66-60 to No. 21 Michigan Tech on Thursday (Jan. 5) at the Berry Events Center.
With the loss, NMU falls to 6-7 on the season and 2-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while MTU improves to 9-3 and 3-2 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats have now dropped two straight in conference play and were swept by Michigan Tech in the regular season series.
MTU jumped out to an early 15-point, 29-14 lead at the 7:06 mark of the first half with a layup from Lindsey Lindstrom. NMU could get no closer than 10 points down the stretch as MTU maintained its double-digit lead, going into the half up 38-23.
The second half appeared to be a carbon copy of the first half, as the Huskies held a grip on their double-digit lead until the 1:55 mark when the ‘Cats came to life. Chelsea Lyons sank a jumper to cut the lead to nine points and went on to score 10 points in that small stretch to put NMU within two. Early foul trouble caught up to the ‘Cats however, as the Huskies sealed the game at the charity stripe
The ‘Cats outscored the Huskies in the second half 37-28.
The ‘Cats were led by senior guard Chelsea Lyons, who scored a career-high 29 points, going (8-18) from the field and netting 22 points in the second half to guide NMU back within striking distance. Senior forward Hillary Bowling netted 12 points and three steals.
The Huskies were guided by Emma Veach with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
NMU shot only 37.0 percent (17-46) from the field and 33.3 percent (4-12) from beyond the arc.
The Huskies won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the ‘Cats 36-31.
NMU is off for the next week before traveling to Saginaw Valley State on Thursday, Jan. 12. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
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