TIFFIN, Ohio - Northern Michigan University dug itself an early hole it couldn't escape as the Wildcats lost to Tiffin University, 75-63, in GLIAC women's basketball Tuesday evening.
NMU tied the score about two minutes into the game, but the Dragons wrestled the lead back and kept it for the rest of the game, including 31-24 at halftime.
The Wildcats (7-3 overall and 4-2 in the GLIAC) got as close as six points after intermission while Tiffin (4-5, 2-4) extended its lead to as many as 13 points in the second half.
Freshman forward Nea Makela led Northern with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while pulling down seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Alyssa Colla and junior center Annie Rubendunst each added 12 points and sophomore guard Lauren Gruber led NMU rebounders with eight.
The Wildcats shot 39 percent (22 of 56) from the field and were a near-perfect 11 of 12 at the free throw line, but made 22 turnovers to just 13 for Tiffin.
Jessica Harris led the Dragons with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Stephanie Kelly added 14 points and Jillian Adams 10.
Tiffin made 52 percent (28 of 53) from the field and was 16 of 22 at the free throw line.
NMU is off until after the holidays, resuming action on Jan. 3 at home against Ashland University and Jan. 5 against Lake Erie College.