NMU women fall to Tech in defensive game
HOUGHTON — The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team fell in a tough fight Tuesday evening at Michigan Technological University, 55-46.
The first quarter saw lots of lead changes, with both teams trading baskets early as the Huskies rounded out the first 10 minutes of action with the 14-9 advantage.
After a pair of baskets for the home team to open the second quarter, the visiting Wildcats fought back, cutting the lead back down to four-points, stifling the Husky offense in the process. The women would score six more points in the first half behind baskets from Elena Alaix and Ana Rhude.
The two teams returned to the court for the second half of action in Houghton with the home team leading 26-20. NMU continued to pressure in the third quarter, keeping MTU no more than 10 points up until a late jump shot by the Huskies made it 43-31 at the end of 30 minutes.
NMU rallied back in the fourth quarter, outsourcing their opponent 15-12 but were unable to stop their rival late in the quarter for the 46-55 final.
The women won the rebound battle, grabbing 34 while holding the Huskies to 31, taking the edge in the Huskies’ zone, picking up six offensive rebounds in the contest.
Makaylee Kuhn helped lead the late push, scoring 23 points on the night for a team best. She also picked up five rebounds against MTU.
Alaix, who led the team in rebounds with nine, also posted eight points on the road for the Wildcat women.
The team returns to action this Saturday for a two-game conference series at Lake Superior State. Game one is set for a 3 p.m. start followed by a 3 p.m. game on Sunday.