ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball fell to Lewis University in the team's second game of opening weekend. The Wildcats fell to Flyers 65-41.
Junior Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) paced the NMU offense with 11 points. Senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) and freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) added six points each.
Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) grabbed a team high seven rebounds and five points. Junior Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) dished three assists to lead the team.
STARTING THE GAME
Schultz hit a three to get the game started, but the hosts responded with 10 points to take a 10-3 lead halfway into the quarter. Honkala stopped the run with a three followed by two free throws from Schultz to make it 10-8 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
Smith ended the quarter with a three at the buzzer but Lewis had hit two of their own and had a 16-11 lead after the first frame.
CLOSING THE HALF
Kuhn added a layup for the first NMU score in the second quarter but it came after a nine-point run from the Flyers halfway through the quarter. Smith scored and Kuhn made a free throw to move the score to 29-16. Lewis extended the lead before Honkala sank a second three in the last minute of the half to make it 34-19.
A NEW HALF
Junior Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) hit a three for the first NMU score of the second half and Smith sank two free throws after the hosts opened the half with five points which made the score 39-24.
Huebner and freshman Gwen Streblow (Plymouth, Wis.) scored a basket each in the closing minutes of the quarter but Lewis had managed to extend their lead out to 46-28.
FINISHING THE GAME
In the fourth quarter, Streblow hit a jumper and Kuhn made one from behind the arc early in the quarter. Smith made a layup and a jumper in the first half of the quarter.
Redshirt freshman Madigan Johns (Ishpeming, Mich.) added a three and redshirt freshman Peyton Wright (Ashwaubenon, Wis.) made a free throw to finish the scoring. However, Lewis was able to outscore NMU through the quarter on their way to a 65-41 victory.
The Wildcats are now 1-1 this season and will head to Minnesota this weekend. On Thursday night, they visit Minnesota State University Mankato and then visit University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday afternoon.