OVERVIEW – WAYNE STATE
SCORE: Northwood Timberwolves 60, Wayne State 49
RECORDS: Northwood (9-8, 6-6 GLIAC), Wayne State (6-13, 3-9 GLIAC)
LOCATION: Matthaei Center – Detroit, Mich.
RECAP: Northwood comes to life with a big fourth quarter in a 60-49 win over Wayne State Thursday night (January 26).
- The opening quarter was tight throughout – neither team led by more than five points.
- Northwood finished the opening frame strong, scoring the final seven points to open up a 16-11 lead after one.
- Both teams struggled from the floor in the first – NU finished at 30.8 percent (4-13) while WSU was 4-14 (28.6 percent).
- Northwood finished the first quarter with advantages in points off turnovers (5-0), second chance points (3-0) and fast break points (2-0).
- The defenses continued to control the play in the second quarter, as the two teams combined to score just 15 points while going 6-28 from the floor (21.4 percent).
- Northwood led by as many as nine (22-13), but the Warriors scored six of the final seven points to cut the Timberwolves lead down to 23-19 at the break.
- NU finished the opening half at 26.9 percent overall (7-26) compared to Wayne State at 24.1 percent (7-29). Maddy Seeley went 4-9 from the floor in the half – the rest of Northwood went 3-17 (17.6 percent).
- Much like the second quarter, Northwood played will in the middle stretch of the third. NU opened up a seven point lead on two occasions.
- Wayne State again responded with a good finish, scoring the final five points of the third to cut the NU lead down to 34-32 heading to the fourth.
- Northwood went 3-12 from the floor in the third (25.0 percent) and 2-8 from 3-point range (25.0 percent).
- Wayne State was 4-15 from the floor (26.7 percent) and 1-4 from 3-point range (25.0 percent).
- After struggling for three quarter and entering the fourth shooting just 26.3 percent (10-38), Northwood's offense came to life in the fourth. The Timberwolves went 7-11 from the floor (63.6 percent), 2-5 from 3-point range (40.0 percent) and 10-12 from the foul line (83.3 percent).
- Northwood trailed 44-42 with less than five minutes to go when NU took over, scoring 18 of the final 23 points to earn the win. The run started with back-to-back perimeter jumpers by Zakiya Wells, the last of which was a 3-pointer to put NU up for good at 47-44
- WSU shot 38.5 percent from the floor in the fourth (5-13).
- FG PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .281 (16-57), Northwood .347 (17-49)
- 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .200 (4-20), Northwood .250 (6-24)
- FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .813 (13-16), Northwood .833 (20-24)
- REBOUNDS: Wayne State 33 (11 offensive), Northwood 44 (11 offensive)
- ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Wayne State 6/12, Northwood 14/15
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Jordyn Nurenberg: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5-9 from the floor, 9-12 from the foul line
- Lindsay Orwat: 19 points (third time matching her career-high, 13 in the second half), 5-12 from the floor, 3-8 from 3-point range, 6-6 from the foul line, career-high three blocked shots
- Maddy Seeley: 11 points, six rebounds
- Zakiya Wells: Seven points, five assists, three rebounds.
- Nurenberg's double-double was her fifth of the season and 29th of her career.
- Despite Northwood committing three more turnovers than Wayne State 15-12, the Timberwolves out-scored the Warriors 11-1 in points off turnovers in the game.
- The Timberwolves will host rival Saginaw Valley State Saturday (January 28). Game time is set for 4 p.m.