MARQUETTE, Mi. Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball kept #4 Ashland University to just 27 points in the first half but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats fell to the ranked Eagles 80-39.
NMU featured three players with eight points as senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.), sophomore Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and redshirt freshman Madigan Johns (Ishpeming, Mich.) each led the way.
Mueller added six rebounds while Schultz tallied five rebounds and two blocks.
THE FIRST HALF
Schultz got the Wildcats on the board with the first score but Ashland took a 13-2 lead after the first ten minutes.
In the second quarter, Schultz stopped the AU run with a jumper to make it 20-4 with 7:36 left in the half. She then added another basket before junior Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) made a three which narrowed the deficit to 20-9.
Junior Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) answered an Eagle score with a three and Mueller chipped in with a layup to follow another AU basket but the Eagles were up 25-14 with three minutes to play. Schultz finished the half with another jumper but an Ashland layup gave the Eagles a 27-16 lead heading into the break.
THE SECOND HALF
Mueller scored three minutes into the second half for the first NMU score and freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) hit a three but Ashland was able to extend their lead out to 36-21. Lutz made another three to end the NMU scoring, however, the Eagles finished the quarter on a run and took a 55-24 lead.
To start the fourth quarter, Johns made a three and followed it with a jumper. Mueller soon added two layups for NMU with seven minutes to play. Redshirt freshman Andrea Perez (Madrid, Spain) made a free throw and Johns sank another three. Perez finished the NMU scoring with two free throws but Ashland had managed to demonstrate why they have been a national powerhouse for the past several season, taking an 80-39 victory.
NMU falls to 5-7 on the season and 2-2 in the GLIAC while Ashland is now 12-0, 4-0 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats will now prepare to host Wayne State University Saturday for another GLIAC contest.