Bay College Norse women’s basketball team records historic 1st victory

ESCANABA — The Bay College women made quite an impression in their basketball debut Wednesday night as they romped past Wisconsin-Marinette 95-35 and earned a standing ovation from a near capacity crowd.

Bay wasted little time taking charge in its first matchup of the program’s history, rolling to a 19-5 lead after the opening quarter.

The Norse limited Marinette to just one field goal in the opening 10 minutes.

They extended their lead to 49-22 by halftime and 75-28 after the third.

“I thought we had excellent tenacity early,” Bay College coach Rae Drake said. “I thought we kept the big girl (Tori Wangerin) from Stephenson from getting going early, although I wasn’t real satisfied with our zone.”

A lay-in and free throw by Baraga graduate Justice Kinnunen gave the Norse a 17-2 cushion with 72 seconds left in the opening frame.

The Norse scored the last six points of the second quarter and opened the third with a 7-0 run for 56-22 cushion.

Freshman guard Jordan Kraemer of Norway paced the Norse with 31 points. Kinnunen added 15 and Jordan Belleville had 14. Westwood product Caitlin Hewitt scored three points.

The Norse are playing without Ishpeming graduate Marissa Maino, who tore her ACL and lateral meniscus during an open gym in the preseason. She then underwent a complete reconstruction of both Sept. 13.

The Norse resume at 3 p.m. Friday against Ellsworth Community College in the Koingsmark Classic at Mason City, Iowa.