Emma Benoit’s career-high 12 points not enough to get Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team a win

Emma Benoit

DULUTH, Minnesota — Sophomore Emma Benoit scored a career-high 12 points but it wasn’t nearly enough for the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team, which was swamped 76-55 at Minnesota-Duluth on Tuesday afternoon.

Benoit was the only Wildcat to score in double figures as the middle two quarters got away from them.

After a 16-16 tie through one quarter, UMD outscored NMU 23-5 in the second quarter to establish a 39-21 halftime lead. The Bulldogs continued to pour it on in the third, going up 65-33 entering the final period.

The Wildcats (6-7) couldn’t withstand 19 turnovers and getting outrebounded 40-34.

Northern’s Terese Ledy, a Marquette Senior High School graduate, scored nine points as she hit all three 3-pointers she attempted.

Terese Ledy

Teammates Lexi Smith, who grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and Erin Honkala added eight points apiece.

Duluth (7-2) was led by Emma Boehm with 14 points, which included four triples. Teammate Allison Olley contributed 11 points, while Ann Simonet and Katie Stark had 10 each.

Another UMD player, Sammy Kozlowski, didn’t score but recorded team highs of seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

The Wildcats started strong, building a 10-2 lead just over four minutes into the game on triples by Sydney Dillinger and Jessica Schultz and a pair of 2-point shots by Honkala.

Duluth responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead, though the game was tied 12-12, 14-14 and 16-16 as the teams reached the first break.

Then the Bulldogs went on a tear, taking the lead for good with a 10-1 run in less than three minutes to start the second quarter.

The lead quickly grew to double digits before halftime and to as many as 36 points in the third quarter before NMU started coming back.

The Wildcats are off until the new year when they host Tiffin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, and Ashland at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Berry Events Center.

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