Wildcat women break open close game in 3rd quarter

By Journal Sports Staff

PAINESVILLE, OHIO — Northern Michigan University broke open a close game at halftime with a dominating third quarter to run off with a 68-54 women’s basketball victory at Lake Erie College on Saturday.

The game was delayed about four hours from an early afternoon start for an unspecified reason.

The Wildcats (6-3 overall, 1-1 GLIAC) went on a 16-7 spree in the third quarter to turn a slim 34-31 halftime advantage into a 50-38 bulge entering the fourth quarter.

Sophomore guard Darby Youngstrom scored 18 points to lead four NMU players reaching double digits. Freshman teammate Jessica Schultz added 15 points, senior guard Bre Gaspervich 14 and sophomore guard Chloe Tompkins 10.

Youngstrom also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, Gaspervich made a game-high five steals and Tompkins dished out a game-high seven assists.

Kayla Gabor paced the Storm (2-6, 0-3) with 15 points.

Though the Wildcats had several six-point advantages, the teams traded the lead during the first half.

Then Northern went on a 7-0 run early in the third quarter and finished the period with a 7-3 spurt to take a lead that remained in double digits the rest of the way.

NMU comes home for its final two games before the holiday break this week. The Wildcats host Findlay at 6 p.m. Thursday and Hillsdale at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Berry Events Center.

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