ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball held William Jewell College to just 18 points over the last 30 minutes on their way to winning their season opener 60-33 Saturday afternoon in the first of two games opening weekend.
Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) led the Wildcats with 12 points, finishing 6-8 from the field. Junior Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) added eight points.
Freshman Samantha Potter (Royal Oak, Mich.) chipped in with seven points and led the team with seven rebounds.
Senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.), juniors Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) and Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.), and redshirt freshman Madigan Johns (Ishpeming, Mich.) all aided the effort with six points each.
Honkala and freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) both tallied five rebounds.
The Cardinals led the majority of the first quarter but NMU was able to tie the score at the 1:31 mark when Smith converted an and-one opportunity. Huebner ended the quarter with a layup to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 17-15 with 37 to go in the quarter. The quarter ended with the same 17-15 NMU lead.
The Wildcats defense almost pitched a shutout for the second quarter and NMU added 17 points to take a 34-16 lead at the half. NMU forced William Jewell to 0-12 shooting from the field but the Cardinals were able to sink a free throw for their lone point.
NMU opened the quarter with 12 points before WJC was able to score.
KEEPING THE CARDINALS DOWN
NMU's defense stayed strong throughout the second half as they kept the Cardinals to single digits in both quarters.
The Wildcats start the season 1-0 and return to action Sunday afternoon and will face Lewis University, at 4 p.m.