UW-Parkside hits triple to deflate Wildcat Women

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KENOSHA, Wi. Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) had a career game as she led the Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team in Saturday's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup at the University of Wisconsin Parkside but the Rangers made a three at the buzzer to take a 58-55 victory.

STAT LEADERS
Schultz finished the game with career marks of 24 points and 14 rebounds, including eight free throws. Senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) added eight points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Junior Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) and freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) both tallied seven points and combined for five assists.

The Wildcats outscored the Rangers 34-18 in the paint and 13-6 on second chance points.

GOING FOR A RUN
NMU got an early lead by starting the game on a 15-0 run. Schultz started the rally with a layup then Kuhn hit a jumper. Honkala added two baskets before Huebner knocked in a three at the seven minute mark. Schultz and Honkala then scored again to give NMU a 15-0 lead just over four minutes into the game.

The hosts finally scored their first basket with 4:53 on the clock and added another with a little under two minutes to play. Lutz answered with a free throw before Schultz followed another Parkside score with four free throws of her own to give NMU a 20-6 lead at the end of the first.

EXTEND THE LEAD
Schultz opened the second quarter with a layup to extend the NMU lead then hit a jumper in response to free throws by the Rangers to give the Wildcats a 24-8 lead two minutes into the quarter.

After another Parkside free throw, sophomore Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) banked in a jumper which the hosts followed with a score. With 6:22 on the clock, freshman Samantha Potter (Royal Oak, Mich.) was fouled on a layup and made the free throw but the Rangers retaliated with five points to take the NMU lead to 29-17 with 4:10 left in the half.

Schultz followed with a layup then answered a Rangers basket with two free throws. Parkside ended the first half's scoring with a three but the Wildcats took a 33-21 lead into the break.

A NEW HALF
Kuhn scored the first basket of the second half for NMU two minutes into the half. Schultz added a layup and two free throws but the hosts had chipped into the NMU lead to make it 39-33 after the free throws with 6:11 left in the quarter.

Kuhn finished the quarter with a layup then made a free throw but Parkside rallied and took a 46-42 lead into the fourth quarter.

ENDING THE GAME
Schultz and Huebner scored to open the fourth quarter and tie the game at 46-46. The teams continued to trade baskets through the rest of the quarter until Parkside made a layup with 1:41 to go which gave the Rangers a 55-52 lead.

With 21 seconds left, Kuhn found junior Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) open behind the three point line for her first basket of the game, tying the game at 55-55. Honkala stole the inbound pass and NMU called timeout with 17.1 seconds left. However, the Wildcat go-ahead shot attempt was missed and Parkside called timeout with 1.5 seconds left and came out to make the game-winning three to win 58-55.

UP NEXT
NMU falls to 7-8 on the season and are now 4-3 in the GLIAC while Parkside is also 7-8 but 6-1 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats now return to the Berry Events Center to host Ferris State University Thursday night.