Northern basketball travels to Houghton



The women’s basketball team continued its trend of losing close games in the final seconds Wednesday night, as they fell to Michigan Tech 54-52.

The game was tied by a Steffani Stoeger layup with 1:19 left in the game.

The Huskies then set up Lena Widman for an open jumper to give Tech a two-point lead.

With four seconds left NMU inbounded the ball to Allison Carroll. A foul was called on Widman as Carroll put up a three- point shot that clanked off the back of the rim.

Carroll, a 75-percent free-throw shooter, needed to make two of the three free throws to give the ‘Cats the tie; all three for the win. Her first two shots hit the rim and bounced out and the ‘Cats lost their eighth one possession game of the year.

Carroll, LaShawn Lambert, and Kellie Rietveld each scored 10 points to lead the Wildcats. Kelsey Deacon grabbed a game high seven rebounds as the ‘Cats outrebounded the Huskies 42-31.


A weathered NMU men’s basketball team came into Tech’s SDC Arena and led for the majority of the game; in the end their valiant effort wasn’t enough as the Huskies wore the ‘Cats down and took the game by a score of 48-46.

The Wildcats at one point built a 12-point lead.

Then, the game’s momentum swung to Tech early in the second half when NMU sophomore Jerard Ajami, who scored 13 first half points, went to the floor with an injured left ankle.

Northern was led by senior Jake Suardini who scored 18 points. Despite leaving the game five minutes into the second half, Ajami finished the game with 13.

NMU outshot the Huskies 47.5 percent to 24.5 percent, and were out-rebounded 42 to 22. Fredrick Bowe grabbed a game high 15 rebounds for Tech.

With the loss NMU falls to 7-19 overall and 6-11 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Huskies improve to 13-12 overall and 8-9 in the GLIAC. Northern needs to win on Saturday against Lake State to win a spot in the GLIAC playoffs.