BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team visited Ferris State University in their first of five road contests to end the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season and came away with a 70-66 victory in double overtime. The victory gave Head Coach Troy Mattson his 200th career victory.
| STAT LEADERS
The Wildcats were led by senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.), who posted a career-high 25 points. She also led the team with eight rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) tallied 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Junior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) knocked in a career-high five three-pointers to give her a career-high 15 points.
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) notched eight rebounds and also had a team high of six assists. She tied senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) with two blocks while also dishing out four assists.
| GETTING STARTED
The Bulldogs scored the first basket of the game, but Youngstrom answered with an old fashioned three-pointer and a layup to put NMU up 5-2 at the six-minute mark. Ferris State took a 6-5 lead but Schultz followed with two free throws to make it 7-6.
The Bulldogs responded with a free throw themselves before Dillinger made a free throw and Delorit hit a three to put NMU up 11-7 at the end of the first quarter.
| FINISHING THE HALF
FSU opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run before Smith hit a jumper to make the Ferris State lead 14-13. The Bulldogs added five more points when Smith made a layup to make it 19-15. Smith then added a free throw but the Bulldogs would power to a 29-16 halftime lead.
| STARTING A NEW HALF
Youngstrom made a layup to get the second half started, then Smith added a free throw but the Bulldogs followed with a layup. Delorit answered with a three to get the lead into single digits. The team's then traded baskets, with Youngstrom answering an FSU basket twice and Delorit made a third three-pointer to cut the Ferris State lead down to 35-29 with 3:26 left in the quarter.
After two free throws from the hosts, sophomore Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) made a three to cut the lead down to 37-32 but the Bulldogs responded with a six-point run. Smith ended the run with a layup with 33 seconds to go to make it 43-34. To end the quarter, Delorit hit another three to make it a 43-37 FSU lead.
| COMING BACK
Ferris State scored the first four points in the fourth quarter before Youngstrom and Delorit hit threes to make it 47-43 with six minutes left to play. Youngstrom then made a layup and free throw followed by another layup and gave NMU a 48-47 lead with 4:36 to play.
Smith added a layup but a three from the Bulldogs tied it at 50-50 with 2:24 to play. With 10 seconds remaining in regulation, Smith made a layup to give NMU a 52-50 lead. However, Ferris State was able to make two free throws with four seconds remaining to tie the game at 52-52 and force overtime.
| THE FIRST OVERTIME
Youngstrom made a free throw for the first score of OT, but FSU answered with two layups to go ahead 56-53 with 3:29 on the clock. On the next NMU possession, Lutz hit her second three of the night and tied it at 56-56.
Smith then gave NMU a 58-56 lead with a layup after the Bulldogs turned it over on their next possession. Smith then added a free throw but FSU followed with a basket to make it 59-58 with 56 seconds to go.
With 22 seconds to go, Smith found Youngstrom for a layup to put the Wildcats back up 61-58. However, FSU wasted no time and tied the game at 61-61 just a second later after advancing the ball to their end of the court. Neither team managed to score again to force another overtime.
| LET'S DO ONE MORE
Youngstrom scored the first basket of the second overtime period by hitting a layup and a free throw with 3:24 on the clock. Smith then added a free throw to push the NMU lead up to 65-61 with 2:42 to play.
With 1:37 to go, the hosts made a three-pointer to cut the NMU lead down to 65-64. Schultz responded with a free throw but the Bulldogs followed with a jumper to tied the score at 66-66 with 58 seconds to play.
Smith then made a layup to give NMU a 68-66 lead with 44 seconds. On the next FSU possession, Lutz stole the ball. Schultz soon added two more free throws and the Bulldogs were unable to score again to give NMU a 70-66 victory.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats are now 18-6 on the season and 13-3 in the GLIAC while Ferris State is now 11-11 and 8-8 in the league. NMU returns to action Saturday by visiting Lake Superior State University at 1 p.m.