Wildcat Women's Basketball Outlasts Minnesota-Crookston, 63-60

Wildcat Women's Basketball Outlasts Minnesota-Crookston, 63-60

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan women's basketball team outlasted Minnesota-Crookston, 63-60, Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.

With 7:29 remaining in regulation, the Golden Eagles held a 55-49 lead. The Wildcats tied the game at 55 after Chloe Tompkins and Sydney Dillinger nailed three-point shots on back-to-back possessions.

While an Isieoma Odor layup regained the advantage for Minnesota-Crookston, Northern Michigan used a 5-0 run to take a 60-57 lead with 2:20 on the clock. Three-straight Golden Eagle free throws knotted the game at 60-60 with 1:19 left to play, but an Erin Honkala free throw gave the Wildcats a one-point lead with 1:10 left to play, and a Darby Youngstrom layup with just 18 seconds remaining sealed the victory.

At the end of the first quarter, Northern Michigan led, 19-8. The Wildcats opened the game with a 14-0 run, not allowing the Golden Eagles to get on the scoresheet until the 2:58 mark of the frame.

In the second quarter, Minnesota-Crookston slowly chipped away at the Wildcat advantage. By closing out the frame with a 6-0 run, the Golden Eagles sent the teams into the half locked at 26-26.

The teams traded points throughout the third quarter and were locked in three ties. At nine different points, a single point separated the Minnesota-Crookston and Northern Michigan. A three-point shot by Kitri Zezza with 24 seconds remaining sent the Golden Eagles into the final frame up by a 50-47 margin.

The Wildcats shot 37.3 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from three and 86.7 percent from the charity stripe. They scored 30 points in the paint.

Youngstrom (16), Honkala (14) and Tompkins (13) all reached the double digits in points. Tompkins and Honkala tied for the game high with seven rebounds while Tompkins led all players with five assists.

With the win, Northern Michigan improves to 3-1. The Wildcats next take on Minnesota Duluth Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.