Wildcat women pummel Hillsdale early in 57-39 win

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team jumped out early and salted away victory by halftime in a 57-39 victory over Hillsdale at the Berry Events Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats limited Hillsdale to nine first-half points and had a 39-9 lead with nearly two minutes elapsed in the third quarter to win its fourth GLIAC in five tries.

Jessica Schultz led Northern with a career-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Darby Youngstrom added 14 points and team highs of five assists and four steals, while Erin Honkala scored 11 points, all in the first half.

The Chargers (7-5, 2-4) were paced by Makenna Ott with 11 points that included three 3-pointers.

Northern used a 12-0 run over barely three minutes to take a 15-2 lead in the first quarter, then added a 13-0 spurt in the second quarter to make it 35-9 at the half.

NMU’s 9-3 start is its best since 2013-14, when it opened 10-2.

The Wildcats return to action with a nonconference game at home against Finlandia at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2.

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