PNW Women’s Basketball Drops Road Contest to No. 17 Michigan Tech


HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Purdue University Northwest women’s basketball team struggled from the field offensively against No. 17 Michigan Technological University as the Pride dropped a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game, 64-38, Saturday afternoon at the Student Development Gymnasium in Houghton, Mich.

Shae Rhonehouse (Fremont, Ind./Fremont) led the Pride with seven points and grabbed three rebounds. Michaela Kikendall (Morristown, Ind./Morristown) had six points and also had three rebounds. Lanie Allen (East Noble, Ind./East Noble) tallied five points, hauled in five boards and had two steals, Ellie Michlaski (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) posted five points, four rebounds, a block and a steal, while Danielle Nennig (Wrightstown, Wis./Wrightstown chipped in five points and a block.

MTU started the game leading 18-5 after the first quarter including a 12-1 run to start the game in the first four minutes, but then Allen hit a lay-up to end the run at the 5:20 mark of the opening frame. Michigan Tech overpowered PNW in the second quarter outscoring the Pride 15-6. Nenning hit a lay-up in the closing seconds of the half to try to give the Pride some momentum going into the second half.

Back-to-back baskets by Rhonehouse and Michlaski cut the deficit to 19 but the Huskies rallied back for the next five points to push the lead back up to 24.

Rhonehouse nailed a three with 6:25 left in the third, but the Huskies had the answer right back with a three of their own. Rhonehouse nailed another three at the 6:25 mark of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 57-35.

Brianna Heise led the Huskies with 23 points.

Purdue Northwest (3-16, 2-12 GLIAC) returns home on Thursday, Feb. 8 as the Pride host Davenport Univesity (Mich.) in a GLIAC match-up at the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex in Westville, Ind. Tip-off is scheduled for a 5 p.m. CT start.​