Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team sprints past Lake Superior State, 79-63

Jessica Schultz

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team evened its records at 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the GLIAC with a 79-63 victory at winless Lake Superior State on Thursday.

Sophomore Jessica Schultz scored six of her career-high 22 points in the first quarter, when the Wildcats raced to a 25-10 lead. NMU played the final five minutes of the quarter on a 14-2 run to break open what had been a close 11-8 game.

The 25 points tied Northern’s best output of the season initially set against Tiffin in the first quarter the previous Thursday.

The Lakers (0-12, 0-8 GLIAC) got as close as eight points on several occasions in the second quarter, though NMU pulled back ahead 46-34 at halftime. The Wildcats needed less than four minutes of the second half to push its lead to 20 points, where it stayed until the game’s final few minutes.

Another Northern sophomore, Erin Honkala, recorded her third double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to go with three assists.

Erin Honkala

Junior teammate Taylor Hodell added 13 points and five rebounds, while Marquette Senior High School products Terese Ledy had four points and Amber Huebner two, each going 2 for 2 at the free-throw line.

They were part of a big advantage the Wildcats had there. With Schultz leading the way by making 12 of 13, NMU was 24 of 30 (80 percent) on free throws to just 3 of 4 for the Lakers.

Lexie Khon led LSSU with 15 points, while Natalie Peterson added 11 and Abigail Ostman 10. Lakers’ teammate Taylor Bryant, a 2017 Newberry graduate, played nine minutes and didn’t score but did have a rebound, an assist and a steal.

The Wildcats look to move about the .500 mark at GLIAC foe Ferris State in Big Rapids at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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