T'wolves hit game-winning three-pointer during final seconds

Photo courtesy Sam Downs
Photo courtesy Sam Downs
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SAULT STE. MARIE – A game-ending Northwood three-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation negated Lake Superior State best shooting night of the season. The Timberwolves edged the Lakers, 74-71, during a rare Monday night of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball action.

LSSU senior Mackenzie Edwards totaled 17 points and five rebounds to lead the Lakers (4-17 overall, 2-12 GLIAC) and surpass the 1,000-point career scoring milestone. She was 3-for-5 from behind the arc and tied the single-season school record of 55 made three-pointers. Edwards also hit that mark in 2015-16 and shares the record with Nicole Marshall '10 and Stephanie Fisher '14.

LSSU made 23-of-43 field-goal attempts for 53.5 percent, surpassing its previous GLIAC season best of 50 percent (24-of-48) against Ferris State. The Lakers were 1-of-7 from the field during the third quarter and fell behind, 52-42, then shot a blistering 83.3 percent (10-of-12) in the fourth quarter to claw their way back into the game.

Valerie Meissner made two free throws at 1:35 and a three-pointer with 51 seconds remaining in the final period to cut Northwood's lead to 70-68. After NU's Lindsay Orwat made 1-of-2 free throws at the 26-second mark, Edwards was fouled on a layup and converted the three-point play, tying the game 71-71.

Northwood called a 30-second timeout with 14 seconds remaining. NU's Ashley Campbell fed a pass to Maddy Seeley, who canned the game-winning three-pointer.

Jordyn Nurenberg totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Northwood (10-9 overall, 7-7 GLIAC). Orwat added 17 points and Seeley 14. The Timberwolves shot 39 percent from the field, including 10-of-30 from three-point range, and made 18-of-22 free throws. They out-rebounded LSSU, 33-27.

Claire Radke also made three three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points for LSSU. Tamara Novic added 14 points, and Meissner finished with 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds. LSSU was 7-of-14 from three-point range and made 18-of-21 free throws.

Radtke, a freshman guard, has averaged 16.5 points per game during her last two outings.

The Lakers continue their homestand at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Northern Michigan.