INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Northern Michigan University's Women's Basketball Team outscored the University of Indianapolis 19-10 in the fourth quarter to take a 59-53 victory in their season opener and first game of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge.
Sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) led the Wildcats with 20 points and eight rebounds. She also notched two blocks and two assists.
Junior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn./North Woods) chipped in with 14 points along with two assists and two steals.
Junior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) added three steals as NMU finished the game with 11 steals as a team. On the night, Northern Michigan went 11 players deep, with every player scoring in the game. The team also went 16-20 from the free throw line.
To start the game, Indianapolis jumped to an early 4-0 lead, and held the lead throughout the first quarter on their way to a 17-13 lead after the first ten minutes.
NMU chipped away throughout the second quarter, eventually taking a 22-21 lead on a sophomore Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) three-pointer, with an assist from freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines). The hosts quickly re-claimed the lead and took a 30-27 lead into halftime.
With 7:40 remaining in the quarter, junior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) gave NMU their second lead of the game, hitting a jumper to put the Wildcats ahead 31-30. Youngstrom then made a layup from Schultz to go ahead 33-30, but the Greyhounds captured the lead back, going ahead 34-33 with 5:50 left in the third. Indianapolis extended the lead back up to 43-40 as the teams headed into the fourth quarter.
1:30 into the final frame, freshman Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) scored the first basket of the quarter, hitting a three from junior Emily Schramek (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) to tie the game at 43-43. The Greyhounds briefly took the lead, then Youngstrom made a layup, which was answered by an Indianapolis layup to give the hosts a 47-45 lead with 7:06 remaining in the game.
On the next possession, Schultz knocked in a three-pointer to start an 11-point run for the Wildcats, moving the score to a 57-49 NMU advantage with 1:40 remaining. The Greyhounds would pull within 57-53 with nine seconds left, but two free throws by Youngstrom in the waning seconds gave NMU the 59-53 final and their first win of the season.
Northern Michigan, now 1-0 on the year, returns to action Sunday to take on Lewis University for their second game of the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge.