Wayne State women's basketball team's postseason hopes were dashed with a 64-56 loss to Northwood University in the GLIAC Quarterfinals at the Matthaei on Feb.28.
The Warriors took the lead just seven seconds into the game on a layup by senior Payton Birchmeier. Northwood took a 10-6 lead midway through the first, the Warriors scored the next four points to tie the game at 10. WSU outscored the Timberwolves 7-2 to lead 21-16 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, both defenses dominated play as neither team shot above 25 percent from the field. Two free throws by sophomore guard Alex Matus late in the half gave Wayne State a halftime lead of 29-28.
Scoring the first five points of the third, the Warriors took a 34-28 lead. For most of the quarter, WSU's lead stayed between six and seven points, and a jump shot by senior guard Sara Ruhstorfer late in the third gave WSU a 45-39 lead. Despite a Northwood bucket to end the period, the Warriors took a 45-41 lead into the final quarter.
The Timberwolves took the lead early in the fourth, both teams traded baskets on multiple drives and WSU held a 53-52 lead with 5:33 remaining in the game. From there, Northwood got two key triples to take a 58-53 lead that they would not relinquish.
A triple by senior guard Shannon Wilson cut the Timberwolves lead to 58-56 with 2:08 remaining. After Northwood took a 60-56 lead, the Warriors missed two three-pointers, and the Timberwolves used four free throws to seal the game.
Head coach Carrie Lohr was unavailable for comment post-game.
WSU shot 29 percent from the field and 18 percent from the three-point line. Wilson led the Warriors with thirteen points, with junior guard Ja'Nae Williams and sophomore guard Nastassja Chambers each adding eleven.
The loss dashed WSU's hopes of grabbing an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament as Wayne State finished the year with a record of 19-8.