MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team outscored Michigan Technological University 25-13 in the fourth quarter but fell short in their comeback bid as they fell 55-53 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference action.
| STAT LEADERS
As a team, the Wildcats made 17 free throws.
| THE FIRST HALF
After a free throw by Schultz started the game's scoring, Tech took a 5-1 lead. Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) made a layup but Michigan Tech answered with a three-point play and a three-pointer to move ahead 11-3 five minutes into the game.
Freshman Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Minn.) sank a free throw followed by a pair from both Youngstrom and Schultz. However, MTU responded with five points before Mueller hit another from the charity stripe to make it 16-9 after the first quarter.
| FINISHING THE HALF
To start the second quarter, Tech extended their lead to 23-11 with senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.) scoring for NMU. Dillinger added a jumper for the Wildcats four minutes into the quarter but the Huskies made another from behind the arc.
Sophomore Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) followed with a putback layup but the Huskies sank free throws to take a 31-15 with three minutes to go in the half. Lutz stopped the MTU run with four free throws of her own.
To end the half, Tech hit a three before Smith made a layup to send the game into the break with MTU leading 34-21.
| BEGINNING A NEW HALF
Honkala got the third quarter started with a jumper followed by two free throws from Smith before MTU hit a three to make it 37-25 four minutes into the second half. Smith added another layup in response but Tech scored again.
Another Tech three-pointer pulled the Huskies ahead 42-27 with a minute to go. Schultz concluded the third quarter with a free throw to send the game into the final frame with Tech leading 42-28.
| MAKING A COMEBACK
Tech started the fourth quarter by extending their lead to 46-28 before Lutz hit a bucket followed by a Schultz three-pointer and Youngstrom free throw. Dillinger then continued the NMU rally with a three-pointer and Schultz made a layup to make the score 46-39 with five minutes to play.
An MTU jumper slowed the NMU rally, but Lutz and Smith both added makes to make it 48-43 with 2:12 on the clock. Tech added two free throws but Smith made a basket with 41 seconds to go to make it 50-45.
Smith then traded free throws with MTU, and after a second Husky free throw, Lutz hit a three from the corner to make it 52-49. After a foul, MTU made one more free throw. Smith added a free throw with 14 seconds left which the Huskies answered with two more free throws
Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) immediately made a three to pull NMU within 54-53 but Tech added a final free throw with two seconds to go. Unfortunately, ensuing the full court throw by NMU was picked off and Michigan Tech claimed a 55-53 win.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 14-5 on the season and 9-2 in the GLIAC while Tech improves to 12-7 overall and 8-3 in the GLIAC. NMU returns to action Thursday as they hit the road to take on University of Wisconsin-Parkside for GLIAC play.