SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team took on Truman State University in their first game of the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Drury University but were unable to capture victory as the Wildcats fell to the Bulldogs 67-52.
| STAT LEADERS
Senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) led the Wildcats with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) hit three three-pointers for nine points while freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) added eight points.
| TIPPING OFF
Schultz hit a three to get the scoring started for NMU and then answered a Truman three with her second triple of the day to give the Wildcats a 6-3 lead two minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs managed to take a lead but Kuhn tied it 8-8 with a jumper at the 8:45 mark. However, Truman then scored six points before Honkala hit a layup and free throw with 4:20 on the clock which made the score 14-11. The Bulldogs were able to respond with an eight-point run to end the quarter and took a 22-11 lead.
| HEADING TO THE BREAK
Honkala sank a free to open the second quarter and she followed it with a jumper three minutes into the quarter to answer a Truman basket which made the score 24-14. Lutz then converted a three-point play to narrow the gap but the Bulldogs responded to take a 30-17 lead with five minutes left in the half.
Senior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) made a layup before Schultz sank another three to answer a Truman basket which made the score 32-22. The Bulldogs managed to close the half on an 8-2 run and went into the break with a 40-24 advantage.
| THE SECOND HALF
Kuhn scored twice before sophomore Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) hit a three but a mde three-pointer from the Bulldogs made score 43-31 in the middle of the third quarter.
Honkala sank two free throws with a little over a minute left finished the third quarter scoring fo the Wildcats but a Truman run gave them a 52-33 lead at the end of the quarter.
NMU outscored the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter, 19-15, but Truman was ultimately able to capture a 67-52 victory.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats are now 3-4 on the season while Truman State improves to 4-1. NMU returns to action Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. to take on the host Panthers. Drury is #1 in the country and defeated the University of Central Missouri 57-54.