ALLENDALE, Mich. — Janae Langs made a jump shot with four seconds remaining in regulation to lift Grand Valley State past the Northern Michigan women's basketball team, 46-44, Saturday afternoon at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
With 9:09 left in the second quarter, the Wildcats held a 12-10 advantage. They closed out that frame on a 12-4 run to take a 24-14 lead into the locker room at the break. During that run, Erin Honkala contributed six points.
To start the third quarter, the teams traded baskets. The Lakers closed out that stanza on a 6-0 run to enter the final frame down only 35-32.
In the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, Grand Valley State drew within one three times, but Northern Michigan did not let them even the score. At the 4:34 mark, Taylor Lutz made one of her two free throws to tie the game at 39 all.
Tess Weatherly responded with a three-point shot to put Northern Michigan back on top, at 42-39, with 2:57 left to play. But the Lakers pulled ahead, 43-42, less than a minute later on a pair of Cassidy Boensch free throws and a Langs layup.
A pair of Darby Youngstrom free throws gave the Wildcats a 44-43 edge with 1:42 left on the clock. With 51 seconds to go, Boensch sank one of her two free throws to tie the game at 44 all and set up Langs's heroics.
At the 3:20 mark of the first quarter, Bre Gaspervich sank a three-point shot to become the 25th Wildcat to score 1,000 points in her career.
Youngstrom posted her fourth double double of the season with game-high totals in both points (13) and rebounds (10). Honkala also chipped in 10 points.
Northern Michigan shot 34.0 percent from the floor, 22.2 from three and 90.9 from the charity stripe. The Wildcats led the Lakers in both rebounds, 40-32, and points in the paint, 26-20.
With the loss, Northern Michigan falls to 17-10 (12-8 GLIAC). The Wildcats next travel to Houghton, Mich. for a date with rival Michigan Tech on Feb. 23. That game will be televised on Fox UP/TV6.