PLAINSVILLE, Ohio â?? The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team hung on for a 55-53 win after a late run from host Lake Erie to pick up a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference win Saturday at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.
The win pushes NMU to 10-2 on the season with a 7-1 GLIAC mark. Lake Erie falls to 6-8 with a 1-7 league mark with the loss.
Junior guard Sarah Miller led the Wildcats with 13 points followed by junior forward Abbey DeBruin who picked up her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Nea Makela also had 11 rebounds for the Wildcats.
NMU enjoyed a 33-22 lead at the half and stretched their lead to 19 (43-24) at the 16:58 mark of the second half when Makela sunk a pair of free throws. Lake Erie charged back with an 11-0 run to cut the Wildcats lead to four when Kaeding Skelton hit a jumper with 5:14 left to go.
DeBruin made a free throw with 15-seconds remaining and Lake Erie missed a last-second three to seal the game for the Wildcats.
"We played well for a big part of the first half and the first part of the second half," said NMU head coach Troy Mattson. "We missed some free throws in the second half and unfortunately had to play without Alyssa Colla for most of the second half."
NMU outrebounded Lake Erie 46-37 and but were outscored in the paint 18-8. The Wildcats shot 36.4 percent from the floor connecting on 16-44 attempts while Lake Erie shot just 27.4 percent (17-62).
Jodie Jindra came off the bench to lead Lake Erie with 10 points.
The Wildcats return to action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 16) against Grand Valley State.