OVERVIEW – WAYNE STATE
SCORE: Northwood Timberwolves 78, Wayne State Warriors 72 (OT)
RECORDS: Northwood (12-15, 9-10 GLIAC), Wayne State (13-14, 8-11 GLIAC)
LOCATION: Riepma Arena – Midland, Mich.
RECAP: Northwood grinds out 78-72 overtime win against Wayne State (February 23), clinching a spot in the upcoming GLIAC Tournament.
- Northwood came out of the gates strong with 11 of the first 17 points five minutes into the first.
- The Timberwolves were able to increase their edge to 18-10 after the opening period
- Northwood shot 47.1 percent from the field (8-17), including 50 percent from three-point range (2-4).
- Wayne State shot 18.2 percent on their attempts (2-11), missing both of their shots from behind the arc (0-2).
- Wayne State brought the lead down to six mid-way through the second.
- The Warriors continued to chip away, bringing Northwood's edge down to 30-25 by halftime.
- NU struggled in the period shooting, going 28.6 percent of their shots from the floor (4-14) while missing both of their three-point attempts (0-2).
- Wayne State stepped up in the second on the offensive end, making 50 percent of their shots from the field (7-14), including 33.3 percent of their attempts from three-point land (1-3).
- WSU continued their momentum and posted a 12-3 run to take a 37-33 lead halfway through the third.
- Northwood bounced back later in the quarter, eventually taking a 49-48 lead heading to the final quarter.
- The Timberwolves shot 38.3 percent from the field (5-13), including 25 percent from behind the arc (1-4).
- The Warriors sunk 47.4 percent of their overall shots (9-19), including 42.9 percent of their three-point attempts (3-7).
- Each team traded the lead multiple times to begin the final quarter, with Wayne State holding a slim 55-54 edge at the mid-way point.
- The game continued to stay tight down the stretch, with neither team able to build a lead bigger than two.
- Both teams had one final possession to take the lead but were unable to convert, sending the game to overtime tied 63-63.
- Northwood ended regulation shooting 29.4 percent on their attempts from the field (5-17), including 11.1 percent from three-point range (1-9).
- Wayne State drained 50 percent of their shots (6-12). They did not attempt a three-point shot.
- The Timberwolves came alive in the first OT, scoring the first seven points to take a 70-63 lead halfway through the extra session. That proved to be the difference in the game.
- NU were a perfect 100% on their overall attempts (4-4), making both of their three-point attempts (2-2). W
- SU made 37.5 percent of their shots (3-8), including 25 percent of their three-point tries (1-4).
- FG PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .422 (27-64), Northwood .400 (26-65)
- 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .294 (5-17), Northwood .286 (6-21)
- FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Wayne State .813 (13-16), Northwood .741 (20-27)
- REBOUNDS: Wayne State 45 (16 offensive), Northwood 36 (14 offensive)
- ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Wayne State 9/25, Northwood 13/13
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Grace German: 22 points, 14 rebounds (ninth career double-double, fourth in the last six games)
- Kenzie Seeley: 22 points (career-high), six assists
- Ellie Taylor: 19 points
- This marks the sixth straight and ninth time in the last 11 years the Timberwolves have reached the GLIAC Tournament. Prior to that, Northwood had never reached the event.
- The Timberwolves will host Saginaw Valley State Thursday (February 28) in the regular season finale. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.