Wildcat Women win, Men lose at Wayne State

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DETROIT, Mi. Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball visited Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Wayne State in their first game of 2019 and remain unbeaten in the conference after a 69-56 victory over the Warriors.

STAT LEADERS
Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) paced the Wildcats with a double-double, posting a season-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) added 13 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) dished out a career-high six assists. Senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.) notched four blocked shots.

The team's defense again proved strong as they held Wayne State to just 27% from behind the arc.

GETTING STARTED
Senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) started the scoring with a layup and Schultz hit a jumper after two Warrior baskets to make it 4-0 three minutes into the game. Hodell and Honkala each added a bucket to give NMU an 8-4 lead with 5:56 to play.

The Warriors answered to tie it before Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) made a layup. The hosts responded with a three for their first lead of the game at the 2:46 mark. Smith followed with a three-pointer of her own with two minutes to go in the first quarter. WSU tied it one more time but Smith made a layup at the one-minute mark and gave NMU a 15-13 lead after the first ten minutes.

THE SECOND QUARTER
Wayne State scored first in the second quarter but Hodell answered with a layup two minutes in. The Warriors then scored four points and took a 19-17 lead before Youngstrom made a free throw then Hodell made another layup and put NMU back on top 20-19 with 4:43 left in the half.

Another three from WSU gave the hosts a lead but Schultz hit a layup to tie it again with 3:15 on the clock. Honkala then added a free throw a minute later followed by a Youngstrom three and put NMU ahead 25-22 with 1:30 to go in the half. The Warriors answered with a three-pointer to close out the half and the teams entered the half tied at 25-25.

PULLING AHEAD
Mueller hit a three to open the second half. After a basket from WSU, Smith converted a three-point play to make it 31-27 less than three minutes into the half. A three and a layup from the hosts moved the Warriors up 32-31 but Schultz sank two free throws before sophomore Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) made a three and gave NMU a 36-32 lead with 5:55 on the clock.

Lutz then hit two free throws after two from WSU, but Wayne State hit a three to pull within one. Hodell answered with two free throws but another Warrior three tied it at 40-40 with four minutes to play in the quarter.

The Wildcats then rallied and closed out the third quarter on a 13-2 rally. Lutz started the run with two free throws then Honkala converted an old fashioned three-pointer. Smith added a layup then Honkala again converted the three-point play to make it 50-40 with 1:47 to go. Honkala added another free throw and followed to free throws from the Warriors with a layup and made the score 53-42 at the end of the third quarter.

CLOSE IT OUT
Wayne State scored a layup to open the final quarter before Schultz made a layup. After another WSU jumper, Schultz hit a three and layup and Youngstrom made a layup and pushed the NMU lead up to 62-46 with 6:37 to play.

WSU responded with four points but senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) hit a three and made it 65-50 with 5:28 to play. Smith added a layup along with Honkala to close out the game while the WSU comeback attempt fell short and NMU captured the 69-56 victory.

UP NEXT
NMU improves to 10-3 on the season and remain unbeated, 5-0, in the GLIAC. The Wildcats will now head to Ashland University to take on the defending GLIAC Champion and National Runner Up Eagles Saturday afternoon.

Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball resumed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference by visiting Wayne State University but fell to the Warriors 73-51.

STAT LEADERS
Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) lead the offense with 14 points. Junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) added 11 points and three steals while senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) chipped in with nine points.

Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) finished with a team-best and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds along with seven points and two blocked shots.

GETTING STARTED
Wayne State hit a three-pointer to open the game but Taylor followed with a three of his own then Howard hit two jumpers and Johnson made a layup to give NMU a 9-3 lead at the 16:40 mark.

The Warriors cut into the lead with two baskets but Johnson answered with a three and Echols made a layup to make it 14-7 with 13:32 on the clock.

FINISHING THE HALF
WSU responded with four points but redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Grayling, Wis.) sank two free throws. Howard would add a free throw to answer three from the Warriors followed by another jumper from Taylor to make it 19-14 with 6:35 to play.

The hosts made a three-pointer but Howard responded with a jumper and junior Kenton Mack (Algonquin, Ill.) sank two free throws to keep NMU on top 24-17 with 4:28 to play. WSU rallied to take a 25-23 lead but Taylor made a layup to tie it at 25-25 with 1:55 to play in the half. Echols then answered another WSU score with two free throws and tied it again at 27-27 with 39 seconds left. However, the Warriors hit a three in the final seconds to take a 30-27 lead into halftime.

THE SECOND HALF
Wayne State hit a bucket to start the half but Echols made a three to narrow the gap. Johnson followed with a layup to pull NMU within 32-31 at the 16:35 mark. After a basket by WSU, Echols made a layup. The teams exchanged baskets again with Taylor scoring for the Wildcats and the score was 37-35 with WSU on top.

The Warriors scored again and pulled ahead 55-37 before Johnson scored at the 9:17 mark. Echols helped the Wildcats cut the lead to 17 but WSU held on and captured a 73-51 victory.

UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 8-4 on the season and 3-2 in the GLIAC and will look to rebound as they continue GLIAC play Saturday at #10 Ashland University.