SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — For the second-straight game, the Northern Michigan women's basketball team led wire to wire in knocking off an Upper Peninsula rival.
Behind a balanced offensive effort and a fast start, the Wildcats dropped Lake Superior State, 55-38, Thursday night to become the sixth team to win its 10th GLIAC game.
Northern Michigan scored the game's first eight points, holding the Lakers off the scoreboard until the 3:18 mark of the first quarter.
Lexi Khon's three-point shot proved to be Lake Superior State's only basket, as the Wildcats closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run. Bre Gaspervich accounted for five points during that run, which put Northern Michigan up, 17-3, through the first quarter.
The Lakers began to battle back in the second quarter, outscoring the Wildcats, 12-8, to narrow the gap to 25-15. The second half was tighter, though Northern Michigan posted 30 points to Lake Superior State's 23 to secure its victory.
Gaspervich led the Wildcats with 10 points. Every other starter contributed at least six. Erin Honkala (9) and Jessica Schultz (8) were the game leaders in rebounds while Gaspervich had team-best totals in assists (3) and steals (2).
Northern Michigan shot 45.7 percent from the floor, 42.9 from three and 77.3 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats doubled the Lakers up in rebounds, 40-20, and also outscored them in the paint, 18-10.
In its last game, Northern Michigan dropped Michigan Tech, 66-55, on Jan. 30 at the Berry Events Center. The Wildcats seized the momentum early with an 8-0 run and never allowed the Huskies to draw even, just like they did to the Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Northern Michigan, now 15-7 (10-5 GLIAC), continues its road swing by taking on Northwood on Saturday at 1 p.m.