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Northern Michigan deals Lewis' first loss

womens basketball, division II, Northern Michigan

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Lewis (Ill.) suffered its first lost of the season at the hands of regional foe Northern Michigan 75-66 on Sunday at the Berry Events Center.

The Flyers fall to 3-1 on the year while the Wildcats improve to 3-0 for the season.

The Lewis offense was led by sophomore forward Mariyah Brawner-Henley, who collected her third double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds as well as three steals and two assists. Redshirt sophomore guard Jamie Johnson collected 16 points, two assists and two rebounds while junior forward Jess Reinhart pulled down nine rebounds, tallied four points and dished out two assists for the Flyers.

The Wildcats held the lead the entire game, as the Flyers struggled to find the momentum in their offense. Lewis was able to get within two points multiple times in the first half but Northern Michigan came back each time to extend their lead, including pushing it to 13 points at 34-21 with two minutes left in the half. The Wildcats took a 36-27 lead into the locker rooms.

In the second half, Northern Michigan's lead ballooned to 16 points at 43-27 at the 17:23 mark.

The Flyers were able to chisel the Wildcats lead down to one point at 58-57, as Johnson completed a three-point play at the foul line at the 4:27 mark. Lewis went on a 30-15 run in 13 minutes of action with Brawner-Henley and Johnson both collecting eight points during the run.

The Wildcats were able to withstand the Flyers offensive surge to win the game 75-66.

Northern Michigan had five players in double figures. Nea Makela had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Lauren Gruber collected 16 points. Alyssa Colla also chipped in 11 points while Anna Liewen and Brooke Coenen both tallied 10 points.

No. 5 Nova Southeastern 94, Ferris State 70

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Nova Southeastern completed its sweep of the Bellarmine Classic, defeating Ferris State on Sunday 94-70.

Danielle Robinson led four scorers in double digits for the Sharks (4-0), scoring 16 of her 20 in the first half. Jessica Russi was the team's representative on the All-Classic Team, filling up the stat sheet on Sunday: four points, seven rebounds, 12 assists (one shy of her school record), five steals and two blocks.

The Sharks and Bulldogs (0-2) played even throughout the first nine and half minutes, with NSU holding on to a 17-13 lead. They first went on a 9-2 run in the next two minutes to make it 26-15, and after FSU scored to cut to nine, blitzed out with 20 of the next 26 points. The lead was ballooned to 46-21 with just two minutes to go in the half.

As it was on Saturday, the opposition came out of the break with a short spurt, with the Bulldogs scoring the first four of the second. Quickly, the Sharks got five consecutive of their own, on a layup by Richelle Carach and a 3-pointer by Robinson. The Sharks would make six 3-pointers in each half on Sunday, led by four from Taylor Buie and three by Alexis Murphy.

Murphy's 15 points on Sunday was a new personal best, nearly double her previous high of eight. Carach added 11 on a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor (including a 3-pointer), while Jasmine Wilkins was also flawless, 4-of-4 with a 3-pointer for a total of nine points.

The closest FSU would get was 15, with 12:59 left. The Sharks scored the next six, capped by a lay-in from Julia Salmio. She tied for the team high with Russi with seven rebounds on the afternoon.