MARQUETTE , Mich. ?? The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team extended its winning streak to three on Sunday (Nov. 24) afternoon. The Wildcats defeated No.10-ranked Lewis University, 75-66, from the Berry Events Center in a non-conference matchup. NMU is now 3-0 on the season.
"We did a very good job containing their guards, who have been really dominating their opponents," stated head coach Troy Mattson. "Overall, the girls played well in a big pressure game, and it was great to come out on top."
Northern led from out of the gates, going up 7-0 before Lewis was able to get on the board. With six minutes remaining in the half, the Wildcats led 25-19. From there, NMU extended the lead to 13 after going on an 8-0 run. Northern held its ground, going into the break with a 36-27 lead.
NMU opened the second half with seven consecutive points, including a jumper and a shot from beyond the arc by sophomore forward Nea Makela to increase the Wildcat lead to 43-27, the largest of the game. With two minutes remaining in the game, the Flyers cut the NMU lead to just four (67-63) after a three pointer by Jamie Johnson. However, the Wildcats answered back by going on a 6-0 run to take the 73-63 lead with 25 ticks left on the clock.
Five players entered the double digits for the Wildcats, with junior guard Lauren Gruber leading with 16 points on two two-pointers, a three-pointer and went 9-for-13 from the free throw line. Makela (11), junior guard Alyssa Colla (11), sophomore guard Anna Liewen (10) and junior forward Brooke Coenen (10) closed out the double digits. The wildcats shot 24-for-34 (70.6 percent) from the free throw line. Makela went for the double-double, adding 15 total rebounds, with 10 on defense. NMU out-rebounded the Flyers, 49-40.
Lewis was led by Mariyah Henley with 25 points and Johnson added 16. The Flyers shot 25-for-73 (34.2 percent) from the floor and were 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe. Henley also led the boards, finishing with 10.
The Wildcats close out non-conference play on Wednesday (Nov. 27) at Concordia-St. Paul at 7 p.m.