In a game that came down to the buzzer, the Wayne State women’s basketball team (11-12, 7-9 GLIAC) came up short against Northwood University (10-12, 5-10 GLIAC) Feb. 11, losing to the Timberwolves 62-59.
For most of the first half, the Warriors, who came out in pink and white jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness, were trading baskets back-and-forth with NU.
The Timberwolves, however, started to take control with back-to-back 3-pointers from Rachel Church, which pushed their lead to 26-22 with 4:17 remaining. Church, who ended the game with 29 points, played a big part in the Timberwolves’ victory, scoring nine of the 10 3-pointers for the team.
“We didn’t have an answer for her,” head coach Carrie Lohr said. “Kudos to her, she had a great performance, and obviously she was the key to their win.”
Another problem with the Warriors in the first half was their turnovers—they committed 14 of them in the first half alone while Northwood only had eight. Sloppy ball handling led the Timberwolves to a 31-24 halftime lead.
The second half of play was looking grim for the Warriors as Northwood took a quick 10 point lead at the 17:26 mark. WSU wasn’t finished yet, however, as a layup by Chelsea Williams and two free throws by Imari Redfield cut the lead to 50-45.
Although whenever the Warriors got close, Church responded with a 3-pointer. After Church scored back-to-back 3-pointers, WSU’s Deanna Crumpton answered back with one of her own, making it 58055 with 4:58 left. On the next possession from Northwood, the team grabbed two offensive rebounds, which drained over a minute of the clock, and led to a 3-pointer from Gabrielle Rivette.
Two free throws from Phaebre Colbert and a clutch jumper from Amelia Davis, cut the lead to 62-59 with 22 seconds remaining. The final attempt to tie the game came from a missed 3-pointer by Deanna Crumpton with 5 seconds left.
Phaebre Colbert had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Colbert has been playing very well in her last few games.
“We’re doing a better job of getting her the basketball,” Lohr said. “I also think that she’s becoming a little bit more aggressive with the ball, too.”
Other than that, the Warriors didn’t have the best day shooting the ball – they only hit 25 percent of their 3-pointers. Although WSU had control of the boards, 35-29, Northwood had more second chance points.
This is the Warriors’ third loss in a row, and their next game is Feb. 16 against the no. 1 ranked team in North Ferris State at the Matthaei. Lohr said that the team needs to be more consistent in order to win.
“There’s sometimes that we’re not very consistent,” she said. “We certainly show some things that we can do well, we just don’t do it consistently for 40 minutes.”