DULUTH, Minn. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball fell to the University of Minnesota Duluth in Saturday's matchup, falling 45-32.
Senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) led the Wildcats with 11 points and nine rebounds. Junior Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) chipped in with seven points while junior Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) had six.
Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Mich.) tallied seven rebounds while Huebner and Smith both grabbed six.
Freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) finished with two steals.
THE FIRST HALF
Honkala answered a Duluth three with a bucket to make it 3-2 early. After another Duluth three, Smith scored, moving the score to 6-4 three minutes in. The Bulldogs were able to go ahead 13-4 but Schultz stopped the run with a jumper and Honkala made a layup to make the score 13-8 with just over a minute left.
Opening the second quarter with the same 13-8 score, Honkala narrowed the gap with a three. However, the hosts responded with 13 straight points until Kuhn made a layup and send the teams into halftime with Duluth lead 26-13.
THE SECOND HALF
The Bulldogs opened the second half with four points until Honkala made layup, making the score 30-15. Huebner then answered a Duluth three with her own with under five minutes in the quarter. With 47 seconds left, freshman Gwen Streblow (Plymouth, Wis.) made a layup and finished the third quarter with Duluth leading 34-20.
Kuhn and Honkala cut into the lead to open the fourth quarter, narrowing the deficit to 34-24 but the Bulldogs answered with a three. Huebner responded with another three and Smith made a layup to make the score 37-29.
Smith followed a Duluth score with a layup, but a three by the Bulldogs made it 42-31 with three minutes left in the game. With 13 seconds to go, Huebner sank a free throw but the Bulldogs were able to extend their lead and the victory.
The Wildcats will return to Marquette and prepare for their first game inside the Berry Events Center Saturday at noon by hosting St. Cloud State University. The will also host Concordia University St. Paul on Sunday.