ALLENDALE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball visited #11 Grand Valley State University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference contest but fell to the Lakers 50-37.
| STAT LEADERS
Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) and junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) paced the Wildcats with eight points each. Youngstrom also notched five points. Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) finished with a team-best nine rebounds.
Smith and junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) both scored four points.
| THE FIRST HALF
Against one of the top defenses in the country, NMU got off to a slow start, and faced a 12-2 deficit after the first quarter, with Smith sinking two free throws to get NMU on the board.
In the second quarter, sophomore Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) answered a GVSU three with her own three-pointer with 5:16 on the clock. Youngstrom then followed a Lakers score with a three to pull within nine points two minute later.
GVSU scored again but Youngstrom responded with a jumper, which the Lakers answered with a layup to end the half with a 21-10 lead.
| THE SECOND HALF
Grand Valley State got the second half started with two free throws which Schultz answered with a three. Honkala added a layup and a jumper followed by a three from Youngstrom which made the score 23-20 with 6:41 to go.
After six points from the hosts, senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) made a layup, but GVSU followed with three points to make it 32-22. Schultz responded with a three, but once again the Lakers scored the final basket of the quarter and took a 34-25 lead into the fourth quarter.
The final quarter started with a three-point play which Smith answered with a jumper. However, the Lakers followed with eight points, then made a basket after Schultz hit a layup and the score was 47-29 with 2:26 to play.
With two minutes to play, junior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) made a three which GVSU answered with a three. Senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.) followed with an old fashioned three-pointer. Sophomore Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) made a layup to close out the game, but Grand Valley State took a 50-37 win.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 19-7 on the season and 14-4 in the GLIAC while #11 GVSU moves to 24-2 and 17-1. NMU returns to action Saturday as they head to Davenport University.