Women's Basketball Claims 66-61 Comeback Win Over Wayne State

Maddy Seeley scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter in Northwood's comeback win over WSU
Maddy Seeley scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter in Northwood's comeback win over WSU

OVERVIEW – WAYNE STATE

SCORE:  Northwood Timberwolves 66, Wayne State Warriors 61

RECORDS: Northwood (14-10, 11-8 GLIAC), Wayne State (7-19, 4-15 GLIAC)

LOCATION: Riepma Arena – Midland, Mich.

RECAP: Northwood finishes game strong to pick up 66-61 win over Wayne State Thursday night (February 16).

FIRST QUARTER

  • Wayne State scored the first seven points of the contest and held Northwood scoreless for the first 4:30 while NU went 0-7 from the floor.
  • Northwood chipped away at the lead, eventually cutting the WSU advantage down to 15-11 after one quarter.
  • The Timberwolves made just 25.0 percent of their shots from the floor (4-16), including just 28.6 percent of their attempts from behind the arc (2-7).
  • The Warriors finished at 42.9 percent in the first (6-14), missing their only three-point attempt of the period.

SECOND QUARTER

  • Wayne State took control in the second quarter, eventually opening up a 16-point advantage (35-19) with 2:20 left in the first half.
  • Northwood connected on a pair of 3-pointers to cut the lead down to 35-25 at the break.
  • Wayne State distanced themselves with an impressive 66.7 percent shooting in the quarter (8-12), including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
  • Northwood continued to struggle to get any offense going, shooting just 21.4 percent (3-14), staying in it by sinking 50 percent of their three-point attempts (3-6).

THIRD QUARTER

  • Northwood got back into the game in the third quarter, cutting the lead down to five at one point before the Warriors led 48-42 heading to the fourth.
  • Northwood started to improve offensively, shooting 35.3 percent from the floor (6-17).
  • Wayne State continued to stay solid from the floor and shot 50 percent on their overall attempts (5-10).

FOURTH QUARTER

  • Northwood trailed by six with 3:41 left when the Timberwolves finished strong. Northwood rattled off a 13-3 run, which included five consecutive free throws to stretch the lead to three with 9.3 seconds left, and finished victorious by five.
  • Northwood made the most of their chances from the foul line down the stretch, making 9-10 from the line in the final 3:14.
  • The Warriors shot 44.4 percent of their attempts (4-9) in the quarter while missing their only 3-point attempt.
  • Northwood had their best shooting quarter of the night, making 45.5 percent of their attempts from the field (5-11), sinking 42.9 percent of their three-point shots (3-7).

GAME STATS

  • FG PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .511 (23-45), Northwood .310 (18-58)
  • 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .667 (4-6), Northwood .346 (9-26)
  • FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .579 (11-19), Northwood .875 (21-24)
  • REBOUNDS: Wayne State 33 (five offensive), Northwood 34 (14 offensive)
  • ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Wayne State 12/16, Northwood 14/7

GAME NOTES

  • Wayne State had the lead the entire game before Northwood went up on their free throws in the final minute of the game. The Timberwolves led for a total of 23 seconds while Wayne State led for 38:35.

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Jordyn Nurenberg: 16 points, (6-6 on free throws), five rebounds, four assists. Had one assists at halftime
  • Maddy Seeley: 14 points (nine in the fourth quarter), three 3-pointers
  • Lindsay Orwat: 10 points, two rebounds, two assists

UP NEXT

  • The Timberwolves will travel to Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (February 23). Game time is set for 4 p.m.