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Strong Defensive Effort Gives Wildcats 53-42 Victory over FSU

Strong Defensive Effort Gives Wildcats 53-42 Victory over FSU

MARQUETTE, Mich. – For the sixth time this season, and fourth time in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball held their opponent under 50 points on their way to defeating Ferris State University 53-42.


Pacing NMU was senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.), who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double since her sophomore season. She also notched three steals and tied her career-high with three three-pointers.  Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) added nine points and eight rebounds while senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) posted eight points.  

Senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) tied her season-high with five assists.

The Wildcat defense kept the Bulldogs to just 25% shooting on the day. They also kept them to single-digit scoring in both the first and second quarters.


Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) started the game with a jumper and Schultz followed with a three to make it 5-0 two minutes into the game. The guests scored a minute later but senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.) followed with a layup to make it 7-2 at the 6:29 mark.

The Bulldogs pulled within one point, but junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) made a layup before a timeout was called with 3:02 on the clock. Schultz came out of the timeout with two free throws, and after a pair from FSU, Dillinger hit a three to make it 14-8 to end the first quarter.


Schultz opened the second quarter with a layup, but FSU answered with a basket of their own then a three-point play to make it 16-13 with 7:30 to go in the half. Two minutes later, Smith made a jumper followed by a three from Weatherly to make it 21-13 with 3:20 to go.

FSU made two free throws but Weatherly answered with a three-pointer and sent the game into halftime with NMU leading 24-15.


FSU hit a three to start the second half but Youngstrom answered with back-to-back threes and, after getting fouled on a three, three free throws.

The Bulldogs responded to Youngstrom's run with a three but Schultz followed with two free throws. FSU hit a jumper on their next possession before junior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) hit a three-pointer to make the score 41-25 with 1:48 to go in the quarter.

To end the quarter, FSU hit a three-pointer sending the game into the final fram with NMU leading 41-28.


Delorit scored the first points of the fourth quarter with a three which FSU quickly answered with their own three, then added a jumper and three-pointer to narrow NMU's lead to 44-36. Youngstrom stopped the FSU run with a layup, but a three from FSU on their next possession moved them closer. 

Hodell then made a layup followed by layups from Weatherly and Youngstrom to make it 52-39 with 1:40 to play.

The Bulldogs added a three-pointer while Smith made a free throw with 38 seconds to go, giving NMU a 53-42 victory.


With the win, NMU improves to 12-4 on the season and are 7-1 in the GLIAC while FSU falls to 7-7 and 4-4 in the league.  The Wildcats will look to continue their success as they host Davenport University in GLIAC action Thursday night. 906 Technologies will serve as Thursday's game host.