WESTVILLE, Ind. – Junior Michaela Kikendall (Morristown, Ind./Morristown) had 15 points and four assists, but the Purdue Northwest women’s basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in a 91-66 home loss to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Northwood University (Mich.) Saturday afternoon at H.D. Kesling Gymnasium at the James B. Dworkin Complex in Westville, Ind.
The Pride had trouble slowing down the Timberwolves offense, which shot 51 percent (34-for-67) from the field for the game, including a 46 percent clip (15-for-33) from the three-point arc.
Senior Ellie Michalski (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) also scored in double figures for PNW with 12 points to go along with her six rebounds. Freshman Tayler Vauters (Rockville, Ind./Riverton Parke) led the Pride on the boards with eight rebounds.
Sophomore Shae Rhonehouse (Fremont, Ind./Fremont) recorded eight points, while freshman Lanie Allen (East Noble, Ind./East Noble) and junior Kaylee Hardy (Saranac, Mich./Saranac) each added seven.
The Pride fell behind early with the Timberwolves opening the game on an 8-1 run. A three-pointer by Hardy with five minutes left in the first quarter cut the deficit to three, 12-9, but Northwood caught fire and closed out the period strong to take a 30-15 lead into the second quarter.
The Timberwolves carried the momentum into the new frame and went ahead as many as 24 points before taking a 49-27 lead into halftime.
A three-pointer by Kikendall early in the third quarter cut the deficit to 18 points, 52-34, but NU pushed its lead back above 20 on its next two possessions.
Trailing 67-45 heading into the fourth quarter, PNW got back-to-back three-pointers from Michalski and Kiser to draw within 16, 67-51. However, that was as close as it got the rest of the way as Northwood pulled away for the 91-66 victory.
Purdue Northwest (2-11 overall/1-6 GLIAC) heads to Tiffin, Ohio, on Thursday, January 11, for a GLIAC road battle with Tiffin University. The conference game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. CT tip-off at the Heminger Center in Tiffin, Ohio.