MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Northern Michigan University's Women's Basketball Team hosted Finlandia University in an exhibition game and defeated the Lions 90-35.
At the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats led 14-11, but responded with strong defense in the second quarter. NMU outscored their guests 24-3 to take a 38-14 halftime lead. They then extended it in the third quarter with their best offensive output, scoring 28 points to lead 66-27 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, NMU found their three-point range, hitting six of eight three-pointers on their way to 24 points, and held the Lions to just eight, to get the 90-35 final.
Freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wisc./Northland Pines) paced the Wildcats with 18 points and eight rebounds. Smith finished six of eight from the field, and went six of seven from the free-throw line. Freshman Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wisc.) added 13 points, going three of four from three, and sophomore Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wisc.) chipped in with 11 points.
Freshman Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) posted nine points and also led the team with five assists.
Defensively, sophomore Emma Benoit (Gilberts, Ill/Hampshire) finished with three blocked shots and also notched a team-best four steals. As a team, NMU finished with 14 steals.
The Wildcats would finish 30-62 from the field, and also went to the free-throw line 31 times, making 22 free throws in the game. The Wildcats showed their passing ability throughout the game, finishing with 16 assists, as opposed to Finlandia's four. NMU also dominated on the boards, out rebounding the Lions 51-32.
NMU will open their regular season November 10 by visiting Indianapolis, Ind. to take on the University of Indianapolis as part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge.