MARQUETTE — After knocking off Tiffin on Saturday, NMU took down Ohio Dominican yesterday 70–62, in a game that had 13 ties and 16 lead changes. Freshman guard Darby Youngstrom led the way with 17 points, including some clutch threes late in the game. After a 1–3 start in the conference, Coach Troy Mattson was very happy with his team’s performance.
“I think we made some great adaptions in the second half in being able to counter what they were trying to do and get the game in more of our flow, kind of the slow down and monotonous and try to get the ball inside and get out of their fast paced, up and down way they like to play and I thought we did a really good job of that in the second half,” Mattson said.
“I tried to keep my confidence up and my teammates helped that a lot. The first one that I shot that was missed was right there and I know I have to shoot so we can get the ball inside and outside. I had confidence and I could hear my teammates behind me on the bench, yelling that it’s going in so I thought so too,” said Youngstrom.
“When you’re sitting at 2–8 and you’re kind of wondering what going on and how you’re going to get this figured out. We’re really fighting and grinding for everything we were doing. We just weren’t playing the game properly. This week of practice, we just focused on the ball has to go into our post player. So from that standpoint, it’s a huge step in the right direction for us,” said Mattson.
The Lady Wildcats will be back on the court Thursday on the road at Ashland.