MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team dropped its conference opener on Wednesday night at the Berry Events Center. Michigan Tech defeated the Wildcats 69-58.
NMU drops to 1-4 overall on the season and 0-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Huskies improve to 3-2 and 1-0 respectively.
NMU began the game by hitting two three-pointers from Kelsey Deacon and Maria Kasza. MTU built a nine-point lead about seven minutes into the game (17-8). The ‘Cats chipped away and tied the game at 20-all when Allison Carroll hit a jumper at 7:23. A little more than four minutes later, Carroll gave NMU the 25-24 lead with 3:52 left before the half. MTU would go into the locker room with a 31-29 lead.
For the first five minutes or so of the second half the Huskies were in control of the game. Kasza drained a three-pointer at 14:31 to give the home team the 38-37 lead. NMU held the lead for the next four minutes until MTU took over at 46-45 with 11:21 left in regulation. Natalie Larocque made both of her free throws to give the ‘Cats its final lead of the game at 47-46 with 11:04 left in the game.
The Huskies controlled the play of the game the rest of the way. MTU built a double-digit lead at 64-54 with 3:45 left in the game.
Two starters for NMU led the way as Kasza ended the game with 14 points with teammate Carroll contributed 13. Kasza also had three steals. Katie Wysocky led the Huskies with 21 points. Cassie Hegbloom led the ‘Cats on the boards with seven rebounds. Deacon added four assists.
For the game the ‘Cats were 21-56 from the floor for 37.5 percent. Kasza made four of her eight three-point attempts as the ‘Cats as a team were 8-19 (42.1 percent). NMU took 10 trips to the free throw line and converted eight throws (80 percent). MTU held the advantage on the boards at 39-32.
The ‘Cats won’t have much time to rest as they are at Findlay on Saturday (Dec. 2).
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