ALLENDALE, Mi. The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team's comeback efforts came up short on Saturday afternoon as they dropped a 58-41 decision to the Lakers of Grand Valley State University.
The game, hosted by the top-ranked team in the GLIAC, was a throwback game where they paid homage to their roots and changed their name to the Sawyers for both the men's and women's tilts.
The Wildcats posted 15 points in the first half and held the Sawyers to 11 through the first 10 minutes to enter the second quarter tied, 11-11.
Elizabeth Lutz made a jumper for three as seconds wound down in the first quarter to knot things at 11 while Jessica Schultz had four points and Erin Honkala and Elena Alaix both had two for the team leads.
Schultz added another four points to her game for a team-high eight through the first half while picking up three rebounds and a block, also a team-best.
Honkala had three steals in the opening 20 minutes and a team-best four rebounds, including three defensive to help her team to 15 points to start the game.
The women rallied in the third quarter, outshooting their opponent, 17-16 to inch closer to the lead. Shooting 46.2 percent from the field during the third, the Wildcats went 6-13 in field goals and sunk five of their six free throw opportunities.
The Wildcats would tally another nine points in the final quarter but ultimately, their push back fell short as they lost to GVSU Saturday afternoon in Allendale.
Honkala finished the day with a team-high 11 points, followed by Schultz' 10. The points leader also picked up three steals and seven rebounds, including five defensive bounces.
Schultz added two blocks in the second period to bring her game total to three, a team-best.
NMU is back on the next weekend with a trip to Saginaw Valley State on Thursday night. Tipoff for that game is set for 6 p.m. in Saginaw.