MARQUETTE, Mich — The Northern Michigan women's basketball team fell to Concordia-St. Paul, 68-61, Friday night at the Berry Events Center in its home opener.
The Wildcats led, 12-8, at the end of the first quarter, using a 6-0 run to build distance between themselves and the Golden Bears. During that run, Darby Youngstrom nailed a jump shot and two free throws.
In the second quarter, two layups by Lindsay Dorr tied the match at 12 with 9:08 on the clock. Northern Michigan responded by building a 21-14 advantage. Anna Schmitt scored from beyond the three-point arc to open a 12-2 run that put Concordia-St. Paul up 26-23 with 1:31 left in the quarter.
With two seconds left on the clock, Hanna Vidlund made her second three-point shot in a two-minute span to send the Golden Bears into the half up, 29-25.
The Wildcats battled back in the third quarter, regaining a 32-31 advantage and then extending their lead to 34-31 on two Bre Gaspervich free throws. But Concordia-St. Paul roared back with anL 8-0 run to build a 39-34 lead. By the end of the quarter, the Golden Bears led, 49-44.
In the fourth quarter, a Gaspervich three-point shot pulled Northern Michigan within five points, at 56-51, with 6:49 remaining. Concordia-St. Paul again responded, building a 10-point lead, at 64-54, by the 3:12 mark of the frame. While the Wildcats would pull back within five late, they couldn't overcome the disadvantage.
The Wildcats shot 39.6 percent from the floor, 25.0 from three and 69.0 from the charity stripe. Northern Michigan got 20 points from its bench, 18 off of turnovers and 11 points off of offensive rebounds.
The Wildcats return to action at the Berry Events Center tomorrow, taking on Minnesota-Crookston at 1 p.m.