WAUSAU, WI - The Bay College women's basketball team (9-9) fell behind by 21 points at halftime and couldn't battle all the way back, losing to the University of Wisconsin-Marathon Huskies (12-0), 78-65, Saturday afternoon in Wausau.
Marathon's Morgan Rachu was on fire early, scoring 13 of her game-high 30 points in the first quarter as the Huskies took a 25-13 lead. She scored ten more points in the second quarter as the UWM lead grew to 48-27 at halftime.
The Norse put together a nice third quarter, as Jordan Kraemer (FR, Norway, MI) scored the first two baskets of the second half and three women: Jordan Bellville (FR, St. Ignace, MI), Paige Welch (FR, Bark River, MI), and Caitlin Hewitt (FR, Ishpeming, MI), all hit triples. The 23-point quarter brought Bay to within 59-49 after 30 minutes.
The Norse had the ball twice with a chance to get to within seven or eight, but could not convert the opportunities. The Huskies eventually got the lead back out to 20 before Bay cut it back to ten again in the final minute, scoring eight points in a span of 11.8 seconds.
Rachu had 14 rebounds to go along with her 30 points for the Huskies. Jayci Blume added 17 points and Amber Krause chipped in with eleven.
Welch would lead the Norse with 18 points. Kraemer would end the game with 16 points, while Hewitt would add 13. Teidra Fuson (FR, Norway, MI) would celebrate her birthday with a double-double, scoring twelve points and grabbing ten rebounds.