FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – The Northwood University women's basketball team opened play at the North Star Invitational with an 80-67 win over Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday afternoon (November 26).
The event is being hosted by Alaska-Fairbanks.
The Timberwolves jumped out to a 12-4 lead early on, but UWP fought back to cut the lead down to 19-17 at the end of the first quarter. Northwood shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the quarter (7-14) while holding the Rangers to a 35.0 percent mark (7-20). Three more turnovers by the Timberwolves kept Wisconsin-Parkside close.
Northwood dominated the second quarter, thanks to strong performances on offense and defense. The Timberwolves shot 56.3 percent from the floor overall (9-16) and 71.4 percent from 3-point range (5-7). Meanwhile, the Rangers were held to 28.6 percent overall (4-14) and 25.0 percent from 3-point range (1-4). Those numbers allowed NU to out-score UWP 23-13 in the quarter and open up a 42-30 lead at halftime.
Wisconsin-Parkside chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, out-scoring Northwood 24-17 to make the score 59-54 heading to the fourth quarter. Parkside shot 50.0 percent from the floor (7-14) while Northwood ended up at 33.3 percent (5-15) in the third.
UWP hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to get within two points at 59-57, but that is when the Timberwolves took over. Northwood scored 13 straight points over the next five minutes to open up a 72-57 advantage. The run eventually reached 15-1, putting NU on top 74-58 with 3:31 remaining. The Rangers got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
For the game, Northwood shot 45.5 percent overall, making 25-55 attempts. The Timberwolves also went 9-16 from 3-point range (56.3 percent) and 21-27 from the foul line (77.8 percent). Wisconsin-Parkside finished at 34.4 percent overall (22-64), 31.6 percent from 3-point range (6-19) and 73.9 percent from the foul line (17-23). NU finished with a 45-33 advantage in rebounding, which allowed them to overcome committing seven more turnovers (20-13).
Three Timberwolves finished in double figures, led by sophomore Maddy Seeley (Alma, Mich.) with 20 points. She finished 7-13 from the floor and 2-4 from 3-point range. Lauren Robak (Clarkston, Mich./Our Lady of the Lakes) scored 19 points while connecting on four 3-pointers, while Jordyn Nurenberg (St. Johns, Mich.) registered her fourth straight double-double. Nurenberg ended up with 16 points and 13 rebounds, connecting on 12-14 from the foul line.
Northwood will continue play at the North Star Invitational with a game against Sonoma State Friday afternoon (November 27). Game time is set for 5 p.m. Eastern time.