Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team loses crucial GLIAC game at Purdue Northwest | News, Sports, Jobs

Northern Michigan University’s Makaylee Kuhn, left, and Elizabeth Lutz attempt a defensive rebound after a Northwood shot in the first quarter at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on January 29. (Photo courtesy of Daryl T. Jarvinen)

HAMMOND, Ind. –The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team had a chance to move back into the GLIAC top eight, but lost to Purdue Northwest 53-52 on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats fell to 8-11 overall and 3-9 in the GLIAC, to ninth place as the league takes its top eight teams to the postseason tournament.

More importantly, PNW improved to 8-13 and 5-9, occupying that coveted eighth-place position with less than a month remaining in the regular season.

NMU, however, will have a few more chances to try to catch up with the makeup games scheduled for the next two weeks after the games that were postponed in January.

On Saturday, Northern led the entire fourth quarter until the final 13 seconds as Pride’s Dash Shaw went 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to first catch the Wildcats, then pass them.

Early on PNW took an early lead before Makaylee Kuhn made a short jump to level the score 10-10, then 42 seconds later made a lay-up to put Northern ahead for the first time, 12-10. with 2:16 left in the first quarter.

Leading 17-13 at the end of the first period, the Wildcats increased their advantage to 13 points twice in the second quarter, the last time 32-19 on a jump from Emily Mueller with 5:16 remaining.

The third quarter was a points game. Purdue NW erased a 32-26 halftime deficit with a 10-0 run, then Northern finished the quarter with its own 12-2 push to take a 44-38 lead in the final quarter.

NMU increased their lead to eight points, 49-41, with seven minutes left on a short jumper from Ana Rhude, but the pride began to crumble as the Wildcats wouldn’t make another field goal.

Kuhn led the North in scoring and shared the game honors with 12 points, also delivering three assists and blocking three shots.

Teammate Kayla Tierney scored all her nine points on 3-for-5 3-pointers as she also had three interceptions.

Rhude led the Wildcats with six rebounds to go with six points and two blocks.

Kennedy Jackson beat Purdue NW with 12 points.

The Wildcats play three road games in five days starting Thursday, the day they face GLIAC leader Grand Valley State. Saturday NMU heads to Davenport, the last place, then Monday afternoon they take care of a makeup game with a contest for fourth place in Saginaw Valley State.

Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal. report.

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