GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball proved too much for Davenport University as the Wildcats took a 64-42 victory over the Panthers in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action for NMU's 20th win of the season.
| STAT LEADERS
Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) finished with a team best six rebounds. She also tallied two blocks and tied with Schultz and senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) for the team's lead with two steals.
| BUILDING A LEAD
The Panthers struck first but Schultz followed with a three to put NMU on top 3-2. Davenport tied the score with a free throw before Youngstrom hit a three-pointer.
After two free throws from the hosts, Hodell sank two free throws before a three from the Panthers tied the score at 8-8 with a little over three minutes left in the quarter.
To close it out, Schultz made a layup and Lutz hit a three to make the score 13-8 after the first 10 minutes.
| EXTENDING THAT LEAD
NMU opened the second quarter continuing a run that increased to a 13-0 rally to extend their lead.
Schultz started the second quarter with a jumper and sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) added a layup. Schultz then hit another jumper and moved the score up to a 19-8 lead.
Dillinger continued the NMU run with a layup before DU scored with 4:03 left in the half to make it 21-10. It was the first Davenport basket since 3:11 left in the first quarter.
On the next NMU possession, Hodell hit a jumper. Youngstrom then added two free throws after a miss by the Panthers to make it 25-10. Lutz hit a three with a minute left which Davenport followed with a three and sent the teams into halftime with NMU leading 28-13.
| THE THIRD PERIOD
The Panthers cut the lead down to 31-10 by the 8:31 mark, but Dillinger made a three. After DU scored again, Smith made a basket and Youngstrom hit another three to make it 39-23 with 6:51 to go in the quarter.
Schultz then added two free throws and Youngstrom hit a jumper before the hosts responded with seven points before Schultz hit a jumper with 1:25 to go and made it 45-30. To end the quarter, DU made a three but Youngstrom responded with a layup to give the Wildcats a 47-33 lead.
| ENDING THE GAME
The fourth period started with a Davenport basket which Schultz answered with a three-point play. Youngstrom then added a jumper before the Panthers made a jumper. Schultz and DU then traded baskets to make it 54-38.
With 5:45 left to play, Hodell made a layup then freshman Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) made a free throw to make it 57-38. The Panthers followed with a free throw which junior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) answered with a three.
| UP NEXT
NMU is now 20-7, 15-4 in the GLIAC for their first 20-win season since the 2013-14 season that saw the Wildcats finish 22-8 and win the GLIAC Tournament and appear in the NCAA Tournament. NMU returns to action Thursday to take on rival Michigan Technological University Thursday in Houghton, Michigan for the final regular season game of the year. The team will host a GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal contest on Tuesday, March 5.