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Fourth Quarter Comeback Not Enough as Wildcats Fall 55-53.

Fourth Quarter Comeback Not Enough as Wildcats Fall 55-53.

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

Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) paced the Wildcat offense with 12 points. Sophomore Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) added 11 points.

Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.), senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) and senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) all posted four rebounds.

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.