MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team suffered the first setback of the season as they fell 51-45 to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
| STAT LEADERS
Leading the Wildcats was senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.), who finished with 14 points and tied for the team's lead with six rebounds. Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) added eight points. Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) chipped in with six points.
As a team, NMU finished the game 16-18 from the free throw line and held the Bulldogs to just three free throw opportunities. They also outrebounded UMD 41-21.
| THE FIRST QUARTER
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) converted the and-one opportunity on the first possession of the game to give NMU a 3-0 lead. Smith then extended the lead to 5-0 after a defensive stop.
The Bulldogs bounced back and tied it at 5-5 and then took a 10-5 lead with 4:32 to go in the quarter. Smith sank two free throws to cut into the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers and a jumper put the guests up 18-7 with 1:45 to go in the first. Honkala made the final points of the quarter with a three-pointer to made the score 18-10 as they entered the second quarter.
| THE SECOND QUARTER
Hodell made two free throws early, but a jumper from UMD pushed their lead back up 20-12. Hodell sank two more free throws and followed it with two layups to make it a 20-18 deficit at the 5:29 mark.
However, the Bulldogs answered with a free throw and three-pointer to go back up 25-18. After the media timeout, they added another three-pointer to push their lead to 27-18. Honkala cut into the lead with her second three of the game but a UMD three and layup to end the half put the visitors ahead 32-21 at the halftime break.
| THE THIRD QUARTER
The Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 12-5 to cut into the deficit throughout the third quarter. Hodell began the rally with a layup and free throw for the old fashioned three-pointer. After Dillinger made a free throw, UMD made a layup to make the score 34-25 with 7:29 on the clock.
Mueller then sank two free throws but UMD responded with a three-pointer to make it 37-31. Schultz answered with two free throws to finish the quarter's scoring and the UMD lead was 37-33 as they teams entered the fourth quarter.
| THE FINAL QUARTER
UMD made two jumpers to start the fourth quarter and then made another three-pointer to go up 44-33 less than two minutes into the frame. Smith scored, but another UMD three had them winning 47-35. Lutz made a three-pointer for NMU and then Hodell made a layup at the 4:29 mark to make the score 47-40. With 3:31 on the clock, Hodell made a free throw but the Bulldogs responded with a layup.
At the 1:48 mark, Youngstrom made a jumper but UMD followed with a layup. Smith then made two free throws with 1:10 to play, but it would be the end of NMU's scoring as they fell 51-45.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 2-1 on the season and will not return to action Friday afternoon as they host Minnesota State University-Mankato in the Berry Events Center.