NMU Women split weekend games

Ryan Spitza

The NMU Women’s Basketball team fell to Wayne State last weekend 64-50 before defeating Davenport 67-55 to split last weekend of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchups.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore forward Erin Honkala with 12 points in the defeat at Wayne State followed by freshman guard Lexi Smith who notched 10 points.

The Davenport game, which was originally scheduled for last Thursday, was moved to Monday after the Davenport University campus closed down through Sunday due to several confirmed cases of norovirus. This caused the university to take action, under recommendation of the Kent County Health Department to shut down the campus for the weekend.
The delay didn’t seem to affect the Wildcats, who used a 16-2 run late in the first quarter to pull out to an 18-5 edge

at the end of the frame. The Panthers outscored the ’Cats 24-15 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to stage a comeback as NMU snapped a two-game losing streak. Smith led the way in the contest with 14 points.
The Wildcats are now 9-10 overall and 5-6 in GLIAC play as the team looks ahead to rival Michigan Tech (14-3, 8-2 GLIAC) on Sunday. The No. 12 Huskies edged the ’Cats 59-56 on Dec. 17 in Marquette.

Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday at the SDC Gym in Houghton.