NMU Women can't find the range against Parkside

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KENOSHA, Wi. Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) scored a career-high 21 points to lead Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball at the University of Wisconsin Parkside but the Wildcats fell to the Rangers 72-64 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

STAT LEADERS
Youngstrom led all scorers with 21 points and added five rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, WIs.) chipped in with 13 points and finished with a team-best three steals.

Sophomore Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) notched 12 points while junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) paced the team with eight rebounds and added seven points. Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) tallied four assists on the night.

GETTING STARTED
NMU scored the first basket of the game with a Smith layup. After Parkside tied it, Youngstrom and Schultz scored for the Wildcats. The hosts added a three but Youngstrom answered with her own three-pointer to make it 9-5 a little over two minutes into the game. Honkala then added a layup and gave NMU an 11-5 lead at the 6:29 mark.

The Rangers scored again but Schultz and Youngstrom both made layups to make it 15-10. However, the Wildcats were unable to score again in the first quarter and Parkside finished the quarter on a run to take an 18-15 lead at the end of the first.

FINISHING THE HALF
The Rangers pushed out to a 28-15 lead before Smith added two free throws with four minutes to go in the half. Smith added a layup a minute later to cut the deficit down to 28-19 with 2:44 to play. To end the quarter, Honkala hit a layup at the buzzer but Parkside had added more baskets and held a 32-21 lead at halftime.

STARTING A NEW HALF
Parkside scored first to start the half but Youngstrom answered with two layups to make it 34-25 early in the third quarter. The Rangers responded with two layups of their own before Youngstrom scored two more baskets to make the Parkside lead 38-29 with three minutes to play.

The hosts hit two free throws which Smith followed with a free throw of her own. After four points from Parkside, Youngstrom added a free throw and freshman Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) responded to a Ranger score with a jumper at the end of the quarter to make it 46-33 as the teams entered the fourth quarter.

CLOSING IT OUT
The Rangers scored first to start the final frame but Lutz made a three. Parkside answered with a three but Youngstrom hit a layup and two free throws before the Rangers made a layup to take a 53-40 lead with 7:21 to play.

Schultz then added a free throw but Parkside made two layups and a free throw before Honkala hit a three at the 5:18 mark to make the score 58-44. The Rangers added a jumper which Smith followed with a free throw. After a free throw from the hosts, senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) sank a three-pointer to make it 61-48 with three minutes to play.

Lutz then added a layup, but the Rangers sank four more free throws before Dillinger made another three with two minutes to go. Youngstrom followed with a free throw. Parkside then hit two free throws before Lutz hit a three to make it 67-57 with 1:28 to play.

Parkside put in two free throws but Smith was able to make a layup and free throw to cut the deficit to single digits. However, the Rangers added more free throws and two free throws and a layup were not enough to as Parkside captured the 72-64 victory.

UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 14-6 on the season and 9-3 in the GLIAC while Parkside improves to 8-10 and 6-6 in the league. NMU will look to bounce back Saturday as they head to Purdue University Northwest for more GLIAC action.