DETROIT — Wayne State eked out a tight 55-53 victory over the Northern Michigan women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Matthaei Center.
With 8:46 remaining in regulation, the Warriors were ahead, 48-40, which was their largest lead of the game. The Wildcats clawed back, drawing within a single point, at 50-49, on a Tess Weatherly three-point shot with 3:32 left to play.
Northern Michigan would again pull within a single point, at 52-51 at the 1:40 mark and at 54-53 with just 15 seconds left on the clock. On the final possession of the game, Bre Gaspervich missed a layup, but Weatherly came up with the rebound to get the Wildcats one last look at the basket. Weatherly ultimately missed her three-point shot for the win.
Gaspervich (15) and Taylor Hodell (13) scored in the double digits. Hodell also posted team-best totals in rebounds (8) and blocks (2).
At halftime, Northern Michigan and Wayne State were tied at 27 all. The Wildcats built their largest lead of the game, at 14-11, by the 1:10 mark of the first quarter after erasing a 9-4 Warrior advantage with a 10-2 run.
Wayne State outscored Northern Michigan, 14-11, in the second quarter, which featured four ties. The Warriors then built their largest lead of the game by closing out the third quarter on an 8-0 run and opening the fourth quarter's scoring with a free throw.
As a team, the Wildcats shot 30.8 percent from the floor, 22.2 from beyond the three-point arc and 85.0 from the charity stripe. They scored 21 points off of offensive rebounds during the game.
Wayne State was paced by Christina Green, who posted 25 points. The Warriors held a 30-22 edge in points in the paint.
Northern Michigan, now 10-6 (5-4 GLIAC), opens a season-long five-game home stand next week. The Wildcats take on Lake Superior State on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. and Northwood on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.