MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University women's basketball program (4-5, 1-0 GLIAC) got back to their winning ways with a 55-47 victory over Northwood University (1-7, 0-1 GLIAC) Thursday night at the Berry Events Center.
The Wildcats trailed only four times throughout the entire game, while two of those occasions saw them behind by just one point. NMU led most of the first half but saw the Timberwolves take the 28-23 lead into the half.
The second half was all green and gold as the Wildcats claimed the lead at 5:42 of the third quarter, one they would maintain for the remainder of the game.
| STAT LEADERS
The team leader in points, senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) continued her strong start to the season with a team best 15 points in the victory. She also tallied six rebounds and an assist Thursday night en route to the team's first conference win of the season.
Along with Honkala, sophomore Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wisc.) recorded six rebounds, including four defensive grabs.
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wisc.) posted 14 points and went 5-7 on field goals and 3-4 from the line. She also sunk a three-pointer for the second highest total of the team.
| GETTING STARTED
The Wildcats outscored the Timberwolves in the first 10 minutes by a narrow 12-10 margin with Honkala dropping five points in the opening quarter while picking up two assists. Freshman guard Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wisc.) also picked up a three-pointer while Schultz and sophomore Elena Alaix (Madrid, Spain) each tallied two points.
| HEADING INTO HALF
Giving up the lead late in the first half, the Wildcats went to the halftime break down 28-23.
Schultz had a breakout quarter during the second 10 minutes of play, recording five points, including her first three-pointer of the game to give NMU the 17-15 lead with 6:09 to go in the quarter.
| ALL 'CATS IN SECOND HALF
Taking back their lead after a jump shot outside the paint by Mueller at 5:49 of the third quarter, the Wildcats ran away with the ball, holding the edge over the Timberwolves the rest of the game.
After a layup was made by the Timberwolves' Taylor to cut the lead to three, the Wildcats went on an 11-point run to end the quarter, outscoring Northwood, 24-5 in the frame.
That run continued into the fourth quarter when the Wildcats led 49-33 with 8:58 to play. The Timberwolves would net a few more but the Wildcats were able to hang on for the 55-47 final.
| UP NEXT
NMU will host Saginaw Valley State University this coming Saturday, December 7, at 3 p.m. Their tipoff will follow the men's game against the Cardinals set for 1 p.m.