MARQUETTE, Mich. — Bre Gaspervich had a 20-point outing on senior day to lift the Northern Michigan women's basketball team to a 79-60 triumph over Wayne State Saturday morning at the Berry Events Center.
With the win, the Wildcats wrapped up their 2016-17 home schedule with a 10-3 (8-2 GLIAC) record.
The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game. After the Warriors pulled within four points, at 44-40, with 7:16 on the clock, Northern Michigan responded with an 8-4 run to take a 52-44 advantage by the 4:42 mark.
The Wildcats then scored the final 10 points of the stanza to enter the fourth quarter up by 64-47. During that run, they went 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
At the 4:31 mark of the final frame, a Darby Youngstrom three-point shot gave Northern Michigan its largest lead of the game, a 74-51 edge.
In the first quarter, a long Tess Weatherly three-point shot put the Wildcats ahead, 17-11, with 42 seconds remaining. But Ja'nae Williams was fouled while making a jump shot and then drained her free throw to cut the Warriors' deficit to three.
Northern Michigan extended its lead to 12 when Gaspervich hit a three-point shot and Emily Schramek sank two within the first three minutes of the second quarter. The Wildcats ultimately entered halftime with a 40-33 lead.
Gaspervich now needs just nine points to become Northern Michigan's 25th member of the 1,000-point club.
Youngstrom (18) and Erin Honkala (10) also scored in the double digits. Three other Wildcats also contributed seven points.
Jessica Schultz led all players with eight rebounds and tied Payton Birchmeier for the game-high total in blocks with three. Gaspervich chipped in four assists.
Northern Michigan shot 51.1 percent from the floor, 38.9 from three and 78.8 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats held a 40-27 advantage in rebounds and a 30-20 edge in points in the paint.
With the win, Northern Michigan improves to 16-9 (11-7 GLIAC). The Wildcats hit the road next week to face Ferris State (Feb. 16, 6 p.m.) and Grand Valley State (Feb. 18, 1 p.m.).