Smith leads NMU, but Wildcats women fall in 2 OTs

By Journal Sports Staff

ALLENDALE — Freshman Lexi Smith scored the final two of her game-high 29 points on a jump shot with 2 seconds left in the first overtime to force another period.

But she was unable to score in the second extra period as Grand Valley State escaped with a 66-59 double-overtime victory in a GLIAC women’s basketball game played Saturday afternoon.

Smith made 5 of 6 free throws, adding in seven rebounds as NMU fell to 6-5 overall, 2-2 in the GLIAC.

Teammate Erin Honkala had a huge day on the boards, snagging 19 rebounds to go with three steals and two blocked shots. Taylor Hodell added 10 points and five rebounds.

Taylor Parmley paced GVSU (8-2, 3-1) with 23 points as she hit 6 of 7 free throws.

NMU got off to a fast start and never trailed in the first quarter, taking a 15-10 lead into quarter No. 2.

Then the game was tied at halftime, after three quarters and at the end of regulation and the first OT.

The Lakers sprinted to a lead early in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats staged a comeback,

GV’s Natalie Koenig hit a triple with 20 seconds left to knot the score 46-46 at the end of regulation.

The Lakers finally clinched it when NMU didn’t score again after Sydney Dillinger made a jumper with 2:04 left to pull Northern within 61-59.

The Wildcats had a small edge shooting from the field, 37-31 percent, but GVSU more than made up for it after making 20 of 27 free throws to just 9 of 12 for NMU.

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