St. Joseph, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State fell to Michigan Tech in a semifinal matchup.
The game started off neck and neck until Michigan Tech hit a 3 with a little less than nine minutes left to go in the half to put the Huskies up by six.
Despite shooting 35.7 percent from the field, Northwest wouldn’t let the Huskies pull away. The Bearcats pulled to within one at the 6:06 mark.
Michigan Tech answered the Bearcat run by cutting through the zone and finding open shots, giving the Huskies a six point advantage at the half.
The powerful Northwest post Kyla Roehrig put up 11 points in the first half shooting 3-3 from the field and making 5-6 free throws. Gabby Curtis added eight first half points.
Lisa Staehlin dropped 12 points in the first half. Staehlin went 6-6 from the free-throw line, which were the Huskies only attempts for the half.
Michigan Tech came out stronger in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field and 60 percent from the 3-point line.
The Bearcats could never gain a lead in the second half, however with 9:40 left in the game it was just a one-point difference.
Free throws boosted the Huskies to an ultimate victory, making 22-25 in the second half alone. Lisa Staehlin went 12-12 from the line, helping Michigan Tech’s 90 percent (28-31) free-throw shooting performance.
Roehrig and Gentry Dietz helped Northwest outscore Michigan Tech in the paint 42-18, but it didn’t match the lights out shooting by the Huskies.
Shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from the 3-point line, and 90.3 percent from the free-throw line almost guaranteed the win for the Huskies.
Northwest post Dietz came out attacking with 29 points in the second half. She finished the game with 33 points and nine rebounds. Thirteen of those points were thanks to her 100 percent free-throw shooting night.
Roehrig finished with a double-double adding 15 points and 12 rebounds. Gabby Curtis scored 20 points on 8-19 shooting.
Michigan Tech had four players in double-digit scoring. Lucy Dernovsek recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Lisa Staehlin, Lindsey Lindstrom and Sam Hoyt added 20, 12 and 23 points.
Northwest Missouri State finishes the season at 29-5 and Michigan Tech moves on to the championship game with a record of 31-2 to take on the Clayton State Lakers. Both the Lakers and the Huskies makes their first appearance in the national title game.