After picking up a big win against Lake Erie College on Jan. 28, the Wayne State women’s basketball team (11-10, 6-8 GLIAC) looked to make it two straight wins when they faced Northern Michigan (9-11, 5-8 GLIAC) on Feb. 2—however, they came up short, losing to the Wildcats 70-69.
The first half started off in the Warriors’ favor as they jumped out to a 17-3 lead after a three pointer by Chloe Srebernak with 12:55 remaining in the first half. But Northern Michigan did respond to WSU’s early onslaught as they cut the lead in half at the 8:03 mark, with back-to- back three pointers and layups by NMU’S Courtney Lemon.
The Warriors pushed the lead back to eleven (27-16) with two clutch free throws by Juanita Cochran—who finished with twelve points, eight boards (both team highs)—and a made jumper by Paige Sickmiller—who ended the game with eleven points.
The remainder of the half continued in seesaw fashion, as the Wildcats drew within four (34-30) with 2:43 to go in the first half. Nevertheless, Wayne State closed the half strong, and headed into halftime ahead of Northern Michigan 41-33. In the first half the Warriors shot 41.2 percent and they out-rebounded NMU by a 29-18 margin.
Unlike the first half, Wayne State did not start the second half on the right foot and they saw their lead disappear after a 10-1 NMU run gave them the lead 43-42 with 16:04 to go in the game. Wayne State did fight back though, going on their own run which put them ahead 59-51 with 7:56 remaining.
The last 7:56 belonged to Northern Michigan as they again came back from an eight point deficit to take the lead 60-59 with about five minutes left in the contest.
However, the Warriors were not going out without a fight. They stayed right within arm’s reach of the win and with seven seconds left in the game, WSU guard Deiona Rogers had one last shot at the win, but she missed the game’s final shot as time expired, allowing Northern Michigan to escape with a 70-69 victory.
Wayne State will look to get back on track at Michigan Tech on Feb. 4