Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team loses to end Minnesota trip

Darby Youngstrom

MOORHEAD, Minnesota — Junior Darby Youngstrom finished with team highs of 18 points and five rebounds but it wasn’t enough to keep Minnesota State-Moorhead from scoring a 74-63 women’s basketball victory over Northern Michigan University on Sunday afternoon.

The game completed a three-game swing in four days in Minnesota for the Wildcats, who won two of them to move to 3-2 this season.

Youngstrom was one of four Wildcats to score in double figures on Sunday. Sophomore teammate Jessica Schultz added 14 points and four rebounds, freshman Lexi Smith had 13 points and sophomore Erin Honkala came off the bench to score 10. In addition, junior Sydney Dillinger matched Youngstrom with five rebounds while scoring seven points.

For Moorhead (1-1), which was ranked 19th nationally in the preseason, Jacky Volkert scored 16 points, which included three 3-pointers, and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. The Dragons made 19 of 21 free throws, a 90.5 percent clip.

After a close first quarter where NMU trailed 16-14, the Dragons opened an 11-point lead, 29-18, on a Kiley Borowicz layup with 4:35 left.

But Northern went on a 9-2 run over the next four minutes and closed the gap to 33-29 by halftime.

Then Moorhead went on another run that the Wildcats couldn’t recover from. The Dragons re-established a double-digit lead late in the third quarter and held a 58-45 advantage entering the fourth.

NMU got as close as 67-58 with 1:20 remaining on an Elizabeth Lutz free throw.

Northern takes another road trip this weekend before opening its home and GLIAC seasons at the end of the month. The Wildcats play host Bellarmine at 3 p.m. Saturday and Southern Indiana at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Bellarmine Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

NMU opens at home at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, against league foe Northwood.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.