DRURY, Mo. The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team took on Truman State University in their first game of the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Drury University but were unable to capture victory as the Wildcats fell to the Bulldogs 67-52.
Senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) led the Wildcats with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) hit three three-pointers for nine points while freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) added eight points.
Junior Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) posted six points. Redshirt freshman Andrea Perez (Madrid, Spain) chipped into the effort with two steals.
Schultz hit a three to get the scoring started for NMU and then answered a Truman three with her second triple of the day to give the Wildcats a 6-3 lead two minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs managed to take a lead but Kuhn tied it 8-8 with a jumper at the 8:45 mark. However, Truman then scored six points before Honkala hit a layup and free throw with 4:20 on the clock which made the score 14-11. The Bulldogs were able to respond with an eight-point run to end the quarter and took a 22-11 lead.
HEADING TO THE BREAK
Honkala sank a free to open the second quarter and she followed it with a jumper three minutes into the quarter to answer a Truman basket which made the score 24-14. Lutz then converted a three-point play to narrow the gap but the Bulldogs responded to take a 30-17 lead with five minutes left in the half.
Senior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) made a layup before Schultz sank another three to answer a Truman basket which made the score 32-22. The Bulldogs managed to close the half on an 8-2 run and went into the break with a 40-24 advantage.
THE SECOND HALF
Kuhn scored twice before sophomore Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) hit a three but a mde three-pointer from the Bulldogs made score 43-31 in the middle of the third quarter.
Honkala sank two free throws with a little over a minute left finished the third quarter scoring fo the Wildcats but a Truman run gave them a 52-33 lead at the end of the quarter.
NMU outscored the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter, 19-15, but Truman was ultimately able to capture a 67-52 victory.
The Wildcats are now 3-4 on the season while Truman State improves to 4-1. NMU returns to action Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. to take on the host Panthers. Drury is #1 in the country and defeated the University of Central Missouri 57-54.