MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball took on Minnesota State University-Moorhead in a nonconference matchup and moved to 4-1 on the season with a 61-54 victory.
| STAT LEADERS
Hodell led the team on the glass, finishing with a team-best nine rebounds. Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) had seven boards.
The Wildcats only committed eight fouls in the game and outrebounded the Dragons 36-28. Defensively, NMU kept MSU-Moorhead to just 32% shooting from the field.
| THE FIRST QUARTER
The Dragons hit the first three of the game to go up 3-0 early, but Smith answered with a layup. Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) then added a three-pointer of her own and junior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) made a layup to give NMU a 7-4 lead four minutes into the game. The guests made two layups but a Hodell layup helped make it 9-7.
With less than three minutes to go in the quarter, Schultz hit a layup followed by two Smith free throws to make it 13-7 with under a minute to play. The Dragons made a jumper but Youngstrom's layup at the end of the quarter made it 15-9 after ten minutes.
| FINISHING THE HALF
MSU-Moorhead opened the second quarter with a three but Weatherly again answered. Hodell then hit a layup and free throw to move the score to 21-12. Schultz and freshman Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) extended the NMU lead, 25-12 before the Dragons made a layup.
Schultz responded with a three, then Younsgstrom followed an MSU-Moorhead basket to make the score 30-16 with 3:40 to play. Delorit came out of the media timeout to hit a three, but the Dragons answered with six points. Smith sank a free throw to end the second quarter with NMU leading 34-22 after the first half.
| STARTING THE SECOND HALF
The visitors hit a jumper and a three to open the second half. Mueller then hit a layup but the guests answered with two free throws. With less than four minutes to go in the quarter, Youngstrom hit a layup and Schultz made two free throws to push the NMU lead back up to 41-29 with 3:12 to play in the quarter.
After another Dragon basket, Hodell and Mueller scored. Lutz exchanged free throws with the guests and the quarter ended with NMU leading 47-33.
| THE FINAL QUARTER
For the third time, the Dragons opened a quarter with a three to start the final frame. Youngstrom and Schultz answered with layups but MSU-Moorhead scored 11-straight points to make it 51-47 with 4:32 to play in the game.
Schultz and Youngstrom ended the rally with layups, but a jumper by MSU-Moorhead made it 55-49 with 3:02 to play.
Youngstrom came out of a timeout with the and-one to make it 58-49 with two minutes remaining. The Dragons made a basket, and answered a Youngstrom free throw with a layup and free throw, making the score 59-54 with 1:26 to go.
On the next NMU possession, Schultz made a layup to make it 61-54. The Dragons missed a three-pointer on their next possession. NMU then worked the shot clock down then Smith got her own rebound to seal the 61-54 victory for the Wildcats.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats move to 4-1 with the win while MSU-Moorhead is now 2-2. NMU will return to action Friday afternoon and will visit Concordia University, St. Paul for the Radisson Hotel Classic. They then take on NAIA opponent University of Jamestown Saturday.