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Women's Basketball Claims Tough 58-56 Road Win At Michigan Tech

Women's Basketball Claims Tough 58-56 Road Win At Michigan Tech

OVERVIEW – MICHIGAN TECH

SCORE: Northwood Timberwolves 58, Michigan Tech Huskies 56

RECORDS: Northwood (3-0, 3-0 GLIAC), Michigan Tech (2-1, 2-1 GLIAC)

LOCATION: SDC Gymnasium – Houghton, Mich.

RECAP: Northwood women's basketball earns a dramatic 58-56 road win at Michigan Tech Friday night (January 15).

FIRST QUARTER

  • Michigan Tech jumped out to a 6-2 lead before Northwood responded, scoring eight of the next nine points to go up 10-7.
  • Neither team led by more than five the remainder of the quarter, which finished with the Timberwolves leading 22-19.
  • NU had a strong quarter offensively to start the game, going 9-18 overall (50.0 percent) and 4-7 from 3-point range (57.1 percent)
  • MT was 7-16 overall (43.8 percent) and 2-3 from beyond the arc (66.7 percent).
  • The Huskies tried all seven of the free throws in the quarter but were just 3-7 on those attempts (42.9 percent).

SECOND QUARTER

  • MTU was the better team in the second quarter, holding Northwood scoreless for the first 4:48 of the quarter. That allowed the Huskies to take a 25-22 lead.
  • Both offenses were better the remainder of the quarter, which ended with Michigan Tech leading 34-31.
  • The Timberwolves struggled shooting in the second, making just 3-17 overall (17.6 percent) and 1-5 from 3-point range (20.0 percent). NU did go 2-2 from the foul line.
  • Michigan Tech stepped up to 60.0 percent from the floor (6-10) and 50.0 percent from three (1-2).

THIRD QUARTER

  • The score remained close throughout the third as well.
  • The Huskies maintained their lead throughout the third, but never by more than five points.
  • A pair of late Maizie Taylor 3-pointers cut the MTU lead down to 45-44 heading to the fourth quarter.
  • Both teams struggled on offense in the third – NU was 4-18 overall (22.2 percent) compared to MTU at 20.0 percent.
  • Things were a little better for both teams from 3-point range, with Northwood finishing 2-5 (40.0 percent) and Michigan Tech making 1-2 (50.0 percent).

FOURTH QUARTER

  • The Huskies got the lead to six at 50-44, which was the biggest lead for either team in the game.
  • NU responded with seven straight points to go back on top 51-50 with under seven minutes remaining.
  • With less than two minutes to go, Makenzie Todd connected on a 3-pointers that put the Timberwolves in the lead at 56-55.
  • After MTU split at the foul line, Northwood had the ball as the clock wound down. Senior Ellie Taylor connected on a layup with seven seconds left to give the Timberwolves a 58-56 lead.
  • MTU had a chance with the final possession, but the Timberwolves held, giving Northwood the win.
  • The defenses continued to be the story in the fourth – Northwood was 5-17 overall (29.4 percent) while Michigan Tech went 3-16 (18.8 percent).

GAME STATS

  • FG PERCENTAGE: Michigan Tech .333 (19-57), Northwood .300 (21-70)
  • 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Michigan Tech .500 (6-12), Northwood .348 (8-23)
  • FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Michigan Tech .632 (12-19), Northwood .727 (8-11)
  • REBOUNDS: Michigan Tech 43 (8 offensive), Northwood 46 (14 offensive)
  • ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Michigan Tech 9/11, Northwood 6/7
  • POINTS IN THE PAINT: Michigan Tech 22, Northwood 22
  • POINTS OFF TURNOVERS: Michigan Tech 5, Northwood 11
  • SECOND CHANCE POINTS: Michigan Tech 8, Northwood 11
  • FAST BREAK POINTS: Michigan Tech 0, Northwood 0
  • BENCH POINTS: Michigan Tech 19, Northwood 28

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NORTHWOOD NOTES

  • The win was the first for the women's basketball team at MTU since February 21, 2008. Michigan Tech had won 11 games in a row at home against the Timberwolves prior to tonight.
  • This is Northwood's first 3-0 start since the 2011-12 season when the Timberwolves started 4-0. It is NU's first 3-0 start in the GLIAC since the 2000-01 season.

UP NEXT

  • The Timberwolves will finish their weekend series with Michigan Tech Saturday (January 16). Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.