The Wayne State women's basketball team (6-13, 3-9 GLIAC) dropped their third game in a row, falling to Northwood University 60-49 at Matthaei on Jan. 26.
WSU scored first just 15 seconds into the game on a layup by transfer sophomore guard Ja'Nae Williams. From there, both defenses dominated the first half as Northwood held a 23-19 halftime lead.
In the second half, after trailing 34-27, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run to take a 36-34 lead. Neither team would lead by more than three points until late in the fourth quarter. After WSU senior forward Christina Green made one of two free throws to cut Northwood's lead to 47-46 with 3:09 remaining in the game, Northwood went on a 13-3 run to pull away late for the win.
After the game, head coach Carrie Lohr felt that the final score didn't do the team's effort justice.
"At the 3:09 mark [in the fourth quarter], it was a one point game and we lose by eleven. That's a bummer,” she said.
The Warriors shot 28 percent (16-57) from the field and 4-20 (20 percent) from the three-point line. In addition, they were out-rebounded by Northwood 44-33. The Warriors' leading scorer was freshman guard Nastassja Chambers, who scored 16 points.
The Warriors are in the midst of a five game stretch where they play four games at home, where they have a winning record this season (6-4). When asked about the importance of these games, Coach Lohr didn't look past Saturday's game.
"I'm just thinking about the next one. I'm not thinking about my road trip. We have Lake Superior State coming in here,” said Lohr. “We have to protect our home court, and we just have to get back to work."
In preparation for Lake Superior State on Saturday, she said she is giving something of a green light to her team.
"Tomorrow, I think we're just going to do a lot of shooting. I think we gotta get their confidence back,” Lohr said.
With the loss, the Warriors fall to 6-13 (3-9 GLIAC). The Warriors also fell to 0-10 on the season when trailing at halftime.
The Warriors return to the court at Matthaei Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. to take on Lake Superior State University (4-15, 2-10 GLIAC).