OVERVIEW – LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
SCORE: Northwood Timberwolves 74, Lake Superior State Lakers 71
RECORDS: Lake Superior State (4-17, 2-12 GLIAC), Northwood (10-9, 7-7 GLIAC)
LOCATION: Cooper Gymnasium – Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
RECAP: Northwood get a three-pointer from Maddy Seeley in the final seconds to pick up a 74-71 at Lake Superior State Monday night (January 30).
- The opening quarter was close throughout – the biggest lead for either team was three points in the opening 10 minutes.
- Northwood eventually took a 17-16 lead after one quarter.
- Northwood earned the lead thanks to the offensive glass. NU shot just 35.3 percent from the floor (6-17) compared to LSSU at 53.8 percent (7-13). But Northwood grabbed eight offensive rebounds which led to six second-chance points.
- Northwood got off to a good start in the second quarter, eventually leading 30-20 with less than three minutes remaining in the half.
- The Lakers responded with a big push to finish, scoring 11 of the final 14 points to cut the Northwood lead down to 33-31 at the break.
- LSSU shot better than Northwood for second straight quarter – LS finished at 45.5 percent (5-11) compared to NU at 33.3 percent (4-12). Once again, NU used second chance points to earn the edge - Northwood out-scored LSSU 8-2 in the quarter
- Northwood was the better team in the third quarter, out-scoring the Lakers 19-11 in the frame.
- The Timberwolves by as many as 14 in the third before taking a 52-42 edge over LSSU to the fourth.
- Northwood shot 43.8 percent from the floor (7-16) while holding Lake Superior State to 1-7 (14.3 percent). LSSU did go 9-12 from the foul line in the third to stay within striking distance.
- As was the case throughout the game, both teams made quick runs in the fourth quarter.
- Northwood led 66-55 with 4:38 remaining, only to see LSSU put up eight straight points to cut the advantage down to 66-63.
- NU connected on four straight free throws to go back up 70-63 with under two minutes to go, but the Lakers bounced right back. Lake Superior State scored eight points on their final three possessions to tie the score 71-71 with 14 seconds remaining.
- On the final possession of the game, it was junior Maddy Seeley who came up with the biggest shot of the night. Her 3-pointer with just over three seconds remaining put NU on top 74-71. A last-second shot at the buzzer was no good, giving Northwood the win.
- FG PERCENTAGE: Lake Superior State .535 (23-43), Northwood .390 (23-59)
- 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Lake Superior State .500 (7-14), Northwood .333 (10-30)
- FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Northwood .818 (18-22), Lake Superior State .857 (18-21)
- REBOUNDS: Lake Superior State 27 (seven offensive), Northwood 33 (19 offensive)
- ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Northwood 13/12, Lake Superior State 15/17
- The specialty stats went in favor of Northwood in a big way, as the Timberwolves out-scored the Lakers 23-14 off turnovers, 22-10 on second-chance points and 10-0 on fast break points.
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Jordyn Nurenberg: 18 points, 12 rebounds, three steals (30th career double-double)
- Lindsay Orwat: 17 points, 4-7 from 3-point range, two blocks
- Maddy Seeley: 14 points, 3-7 from 3-point range
- Hannah Orwat: 10 points
- The Timberwolves will host Michigan Tech Thursday night (February 2). Game time is set for 6 p.m.