It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination. But the Montana State University-Northern women's basketball team showed some serious resolve in a 62-57 win over California's Hope International University in the opening night of the Duck Inn Classic Thursday night at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse.
Trailing the Royals for much of the contest, the Skylights got a pair of huge 3-pointers from Nikki Tresch, clutch free throws from Laramie Schwenke, and big rebounds by Jordan Bruursema and Kylee Denham, all of which helped Northern improve to 11-1 on the season.
Schwenke led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Tresch added 14 points and Bruursema scored 10 points and grabbed five board. Freshman Taylor Cummings added a key seven points off the bench.
Northern will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Saturday against NCAA Division II Minot State. The Duck Inn Classic continues Friday with games between Carroll and Hope and UGF and Minot.
For full coverage, see Friday's Havre Daily News.