MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan women's basketball team dropped Northwood, 70-50, Saturday morning at the Berry Events Center.
The Wildcats carried a 41-22 lead into the locker room at the end of the first half after limiting the Timberwolves to just nine points in the second quarter. By the 3:02 mark of the third, Northern Michigan was up, 53-30, and Northwood would never threaten again.
The Wildcats closed out the first quarter on a 8-0 run, bolstered by four made free throws, a Taylor Hodell layup and a Bre Gaspervich jump shot. That run gave them a 24-13 advantage going into the second quarter.
Northern Michigan continued to keep the pressure up offensively in the second, using a 10-2 run that stretched from the 6:36 to the 3:48 mark to build a 34-20 advantage. In the final three minutes, Darby Youngstrom sank a long three-point shot and Jessica Schultz drove the paint for a layup to lengthen the Wildcat edge to 41-22.
In the third quarter, the teams traded baskets, and Delaney Kenny sank three-point shots on back-to-back possessions to cut Northern Michigan's lead to 48-30. But Hodell responded with two-straight layups and a free throw, putting the game out of reach with 3:02 left on the clock.
Hodell paced the Wildcat offense with 20 points, finishing one rebound shy of a double double. Erin Honkala (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Schultz (11 points, 10 rebounds) each had double doubles. Gaspervich chipped in 11 points.
Honkala nearly completed her double double in the first half, posting 10 points and nine rebounds. Hodell and Schultz were also threats down low in the half, chipping in nine points each.
Hodell's point total was a new career high while Honkala and Schultz set career-best totals in rebounds.
Northern Michigan was in the lead for the entire game. The Wildcats shot 41.4 percent from the floor, 33.3 from three and 79.2 from the charity stripe. They held a 42-18 advantage in points in the paint and scored 21 off of offensive rebounds.
Northern Michigan continues its home stand next week, hosting Ferris State (Jan. 26, 6 p.m.) and Grand Valley State (Jan. 28, 1 p.m.)