HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – For the second night in a row the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team was defeated by a team ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 women’s basketball poll. Last night it was Northern Kentucky and today it was the third ranked Lady Hornets of Emporia State at the Travel America Classic which was held at NKU. The Lady Hornets defeated the Wildcats by a score of 73-56.
With the loss the ‘Cats fall to 3-7 on the season while ESU improves to 8-2.
Cassie Hegbloom scored four of her eight points with the first two baskets of the game for the ‘Cats. Her second basketball tied the game at four-all at 18:41 of the first half. NMU kept the game close for the first 10 minutes of the half. Allison Carroll made a lay-up at 6:35 which cut the lead to six points (24-18). Cassi Rushford hit a three-pointer with 37 seconds left in the half to get the ‘Cats within seven (38-31) at the break.
Rushford hit another three at 15:18 of the second half to cut ESU’s lead to one point (40-39). Baskets were traded before LaShawn Lambert tied the game at 42 with a free throw at 13:03. The Lady Hornets went on a 13-3 run over a four plus minute span to take a 55-45 lead. Angie Leckson made two free throws at 7:59 to cut the lead to single-digits at 55-47. ESU’s used another run of 16-6 which took about six minutes off the clock to put the game away.
Lambert was the lone ‘Cat in double-figures with a career-high 13 points. Casey Henningsen led the Lady Hornets with 24 points. Hegbloom and Carroll both had five rebounds to pace the ‘Cats.
ESU shot a sizzling 65.8 percent from the floor for the game (25-38). NMU was 18-55 for 32.7 percent. Maria Kasza made three of the six three-pointers on the night in 18 attempts (33.3 percent). NMU was 14-23 from the free throw line (60.9 percent). Rebounds were even for the game as each side had 30.
The ‘Cats are at the MTU Classic after Christmas. NMU will face Finlandia on Dec. 29 and Marygrove on Dec. 30.
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