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Wednesday July 8, 2020
EMPTY TRIP: NMU Women Drop Two In Missouri

These stories were written by NMU Sports Information


Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball took on #1 Drury University Saturday in the second game of the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic but fell to the top ranked Panthers 72-44.

Sophomore Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) both led the team with nine points. Honkala also added eight rebounds and two blocks.

Those two blocks tied senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) for the team-high.

Schultz finished the game with eight points and a team-best nine rebounds.

Freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) tallied seven points and a career-high six rebounds. Junior Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) finished with a new career-high six assists.

As a team, NMU outrebounded the Panthers 44-36.

The Wildcats took an early 3-2 lead when Huebner found Honkala for a three-pointer 32 seconds into the game. After a run from Drury, Potter sank two free throws that made the score 9-5 with 7:45 on the clock.

Three minutes later, Kuhn hit a three to end another Panther run to make it 16-8 at the 4:21 mark. With 51 seconds left, Mueller hit a jumper but two baskets by Drury gave the Panthers a 20-10 lead at the end of the quarter.

Mueller made a layup to open the second quarter before Honkala followed with a jumper. Mueller then hit a three which cut the deficit down to 20-17 with 8:30 left in the quarter.

The Panthers responded with a rally before sophomore Elena Alaix (Madrid, Spain) sank two free throws with 2:58 on the clock. Schultz ended the quarter with a layup and three but Drury took a 38-24 lead into the halftime break.

Drury got the second half started with six points before Mueller hit a jumper three minutes in to make it 44-26. Redshirt freshman Andrea Perez (Madrid, Spain) added a jumper but the hosts responded with eight points until Schultz made a layup with 3:38 on the clock which made the score 52-30. Six points from the Panthers gave Drury a 58-30 lead to end the quarter.

Huebner hit a three to start the fourth quarter followed by a layup from Honkala. Kuhn then followed three points from Drury with two baskets to make the score 61-39 with 5:32 to play. Schultz added a free throw but the Panthers answered with a three which gave Drury a 64-40 lead at the four-minute mark.

With 1:49 left, Honkala made a layup. Alaix added a layup with 40 seconds remaining but Drury was able to increase their lead to take a 72-44 victory.

Hailey Diestelkamp led Drury with 14 points and seven rebounds.

NMU is now 3-5 on the season while Drury improves to 6-0. The Wildcats return to Marquette and will now open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play as they host Northwood University Thursday and Saginaw Valley State University Saturday.


The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team took on Truman State University in their first game of the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Drury University but were unable to capture victory as the Wildcats fell to the Bulldogs 67-52.

Senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) led the Wildcats with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) hit three three-pointers for nine points while freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) added eight points.

Junior Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) posted six points. Redshirt freshman Andrea Perez (Madrid, Spain) chipped into the effort with two steals.

Schultz hit a three to get the scoring started for NMU and then answered a Truman three with her second triple of the day to give the Wildcats a 6-3 lead two minutes into the game.

The Bulldogs managed to take a lead but Kuhn tied it 8-8 with a jumper at the 8:45 mark. However, Truman then scored six points before Honkala hit a layup and free throw with 4:20 on the clock which made the score 14-11. The Bulldogs were able to respond with an eight-point run to end the quarter and took a 22-11 lead.

Honkala sank a free to open the second quarter and she followed it with a jumper three minutes into the quarter to answer a Truman basket which made the score 24-14. Lutz then converted a three-point play to narrow the gap but the Bulldogs responded to take a 30-17 lead with five minutes left in the half.

Senior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) made a layup before Schultz sank another three to answer a Truman basket which made the score 32-22. The Bulldogs managed to close the half on an 8-2 run and went into the break with a 40-24 advantage.

Kuhn scored twice before sophomore Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) hit a three but a mde three-pointer from the Bulldogs made score 43-31 in the middle of the third quarter. 

Honkala sank two free throws with a little over a minute left finished the third quarter scoring fo the Wildcats but a Truman run gave them a 52-33 lead at the end of the quarter.

NMU outscored the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter, 19-15, but Truman was ultimately able to capture a 67-52 victory.

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