Crookston, Minn. – Three players from the Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball Team reached double figures as the Wildcats defeated University of Minnesota-Crookston 73-55 in nonconference action.
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds. Junior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn./North Woods) chipped in with 13 points and went 5-5 from the free throw line. Freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines) aided the win with 10 points.
NMU held the hosts to just 25 percent from the field and took an 18-12 lead at the end of the first. Schultz proved a tough matchup as she scored eight points in the first frame. Sophomore Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) posted four points in the quarter to aid the Wildcat effort.
In the second quarter, a layup by sophomore Emma Benoit (Gilberts, Ill./Hampshire) pushed NMU to a 12-point lead with 3:24 remaining in the half. The Golden Eagles were able to chip away near the end and the Wildcats took a 32-25 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, the teams exchanged baskets for the first five minutes, with NMU eventually pulling ahead 45-35 with 5:09 to go in the quarter. After the media timeout, the Wildcats closed out the quarter on an 11-3 run. Honkala started the run with a free throw, which freshman Elizabeth Lutz (Marshal, Wis.) followed with a layup and free throw for the old-fashion three-pointer. Schultz then hit a layup which Youngstrom followed with her own three-point play. After a three by the hosts, Youngstrom added two more free throws to move NMU ahead 56-38 to end the third.
The fourth quarter saw the Wildcats jump ahead by as many as 21 points, and Crookston never got closer than 15, as NMU claimed the 73-55 victory.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 3-1 on the season and return to action Sunday to take on Minnesota State University-Moorhead, who entered the week ranked 19th.