ST. PAUL, Minn. – Northern Michigan University took on Concordia University, St. Paul and defeated the Golden Bears 56-47.
Juniors Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) and Emily Schramek (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) added seven points each. Dillinger finished with a team-best four assists, while freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines) notched three.
Honkala also paced the defense with four steals. Freshman Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) finished with two blocked shots for a team-high.
The Wildcats trailed 19-18 after the first quarter, with Honkala and junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) both posting six points. NMU then went out and outscored CSP 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 36-28 lead at the half.
The hosts opened the second half with an eight-point run to tie the game at 36-36 at the 6:11 mark. After a timeout, Dillinger and Youngstrom hit back-to-back threes, followed by a Dillinger layup and jumper by Youngstrom to take a ten-point lead with 1:24 remaining in the quarter. To close out the quarter, the teams exchanged points as NMU took a 48-40 lead into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears came within five points, but once again the Wildcats responded to push out to an 11-point lead, eventually taking the 56-49 victory.
With the win, NMU improves to 2-1 on the season while Concordia, St. Paul falls to 1-2. Northern Michigan returns to action Saturday and will visit the University of Minnesota-Crookston.