ST. CLOUD, Minn. –Northern Michigan University fell into a deep hole in the first half and couldn’t come out of it in a 53-35 loss in women’s basketball to St. Cloud State on Friday afternoon.
Makaylee Kuhn led the scorers for NMU (3-2) but had just eight points as the Wildcats fell 22-7 after a quarter and 38-16 at halftime. In fact, they dominated the Huskies in the third and fourth quarters, but barely reduced their deficit at halftime.
Kuhn was only 3 of 14 on the field (21%) while the entire Northern squad was only 14 of 55 (26%). Kuhn pulled off both of his free throw attempts while also hitting a game-high eight rebounds.
Teammate Emily Mueller added six points and six rebounds, while Kayla Tierney scored five points, making the team’s lone 3 points in their 13 attempts.
Nikki Kilboten paced St. Cloud (3-1) with 20 points and seven rebounds.
The Huskies took a 5-0, 16-2 lead before Kuhn hit the Wildcats’ second bucket with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
In the second half, NMU was only as close as 43-26 in the third quarter and 49-34 in the fourth.
Northern is staying in Minnesota for a Minnesota-Duluth game that begins at 3 p.m. EST today.
Information compiled by Sports Journal Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]