Michigan Tech women take down rival NMU, 55-46
HOUGHTON – The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team out shot the Northern Michigan Wildcats 55-46 on Tuesday night at the Wood Gym.
The win was the Huskies’ fourth straight and moves them to a 6-1 record. The Wildcats fell to 4-3. It was a rivalry game characterized by a lot of energy on both sides of the court.
According to Husky head coach Sam Hoyt Tuesday night’ s victory was a team win.
“We have a great aura about us right now,” she said. “We have a lot of confidence and our chemistry is getting better with every single game. We are trusting our offense and trusting our defense.”
Northern came out with a brief three-point lead to start the first. However, by the end of the first ten minutes of play, the Huskies were up 14-9.
Tech moved a five-point lead to six points by halftime.
“At half, coach told us to keep up what were doing,” said Tech guard Bailie McGirk who poured in 10 points. ” She told us to keep up the intensity on both sides of the ball.”It is really awesome to beat Northern on our home floor. I think we came out and executed our defense. We were the tougher team tonight for sure. When shots weren’t falling for us, we were able to shut them down on the other end.”
In the third quarter, they did just that. They shot an impressive 46 percent and we’re fired up by multiple three-pointers from Ellie Mackay.
“Our ball pressure and intensity was a full 40 minutes,” Hoyt said. “I was very proud of everyone . Our leaders like Baily and Cassidy Trotter and Jordan Ludescher all came to play. Also Ellie Mackay hit some huge shots for us in the first.”
Tech’s biggest lead came in the fourth where they led by 14. By the final buzzer, the Huskies shot 40 percent while the Wildcats just 30 percent. Mackay led the Tech offense with 18 points and was 3 for 4 from three point range. As a team, they improved their three-point accuracy by hitting 7 of 19 triples.
“That’s what I hope you are going to see more of every single night,” said Hoyt.
Makaylee Kuhn led NMU with 23 points.
Up next, the Huskies will head south to take on Ferris State Friday and Saturday.
“We need to rest and limit their two big shooters,” Hoyt said. “It will be another big game for us.”
NMU 9 11 11 15 — 46
MTU 14 12 17 12 — 55