MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team exploded for 92 points on Saturday. The Wildcats downed the Ashland University Eagles 92-70. For the Troy Mattson Era the 92 points scored was a game high for his team during his tenure.
With the win the ‘Cats are now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ashland falls to 5-4 and 1-3 respectively.
NMU never trailed in the game as they were out of the gate with a 17-6 lead about seven minutes gone in the game. Angie Leckson converted a lay-up with three minutes left in the half to give the ‘Cats a 23-point lead (44-21). For the first half NMU shot 62.1 percent from the floor. The ‘Cats were 18-29 from the floor which included 3-5 from the three-point line.
The second half the ‘Cats held a double-figure lead for the 20 minutes. Once again the first couple of minutes of the half the ‘Cats went on a run to extend its lead. Leckson converted another lay-up at 14:34 to give the ‘Cats a 60-32 lead. About a minute later LaShawn Lambert made a lay-up of her own to give the ‘Cats a 62-34 lead.
With a little under two minutes left in the game, the Eagles cut the lead to 18 points, which was as close as they would get. But the ‘Cats scored the final four points of the game with jumpers by Natalie Larocque and Kelsey Deacon.
Four ‘Cats were in double-figures in the scoring column. Allison Carroll led the way with 24 points. She was 10-14 from the floor. Cassi Rushford had a career-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Deacon added 13 points in the win to go along with her four assists. Leckson had her first double-figure game in an NMU uniform with a career-high 10 points. She also added six rebounds. Lambert ended the game with a game-high nine rebounds off the bench. The rebounds tied a career high. Amber Rall led the Eagles with 21 points.
The ‘Cats cooled off a little bit in the second half (19-38 for 50 percent), but still shot 55.2 percent for the game from the floor on 37-67. NMU was 3-10 from three-point land in the second half and for the game the team was 6-15 for 40 percent. From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 12-17 for 70.6 percent. NMU controlled the boards with a 43-27 advantage.
The ‘Cats will jump on a bus as they play at the Northern Kentucky Classic on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 18-19). Up first is the host school on Monday before facing Emporia State on Tuesday.
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