(MARQUETTE, Mich.) – The Walsh women's basketball team fell in the GLIAC opener to Northern Michigan by a score of 68-51 in the Berry Events Center on Thursday evening. The loss snapped a four-game win streak by the Cavaliers (4-3, 0-1), while the Wildcats (6-2, 1-0) have now won back-to-back games.
Brittni Clopton led the Cavaliers with 14 points on 5-of-10 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers. Dominique Foley joined her in double-figures with a hot night as she made 5-of-6, including both 3-point attempts, en route to 12 points. Holly Grober added 10 points off the bench.
The Cavaliers played close into the third quarter and trailed by just two by a 29-27 margin at halftime. Northern Michigan started to separate itself at the start of the second half with a 9-0 run, but following a timeout, the Cavs rallied for a 9-0 run of their own midway through the third.
It was the Wildcats that had the last laugh, however, as they scored the next 10 points to take control of the game. This time Walsh was unable to come back. The Maroon and Gold opened the fourth with Clopton converting an and-one opportunity to cut the deficit to seven, but were unable to make another shot from the floor until the final minute.
Walsh had difficulties finding an answer for NMU's Bre Gspervich as she scored 26 points and was 6-of-8 from behind the arc. The Wildcats' Darby Youngstrom added a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and was 7-of-8 from the field.
The Cavaliers will travel even further west in the Upper Peninsula as they gear up for Michigan Tech on Saturday. Tip-off with the Huskies is scheduled for 1 p.m.