HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team held Marygrove to 14 second half point en route to a 74-41 win on Saturday at the Michigan Tech-Country Inn & Suites Classic. The game was a two-point game after 20 minutes of play with the Wildcats holding a 29-27 lead.
The ‘Cats won its second game in a row and now stand at 5-7 while Marygrove falls to 6-12.
The Mustangs held a six-point lead at 23-17 with 5:51 left in the first half. A jumper by Cassie Hegbloom and a lay-up by Kelsey Deacon cut the lead to 23-21 with under 4:30 left in the half. Deacon drained a three-pointer with two minutes left before the intermission which gave the ‘Cats the lead (29-27).
With the score tied at 29-all, Deacon went in for a lay-up to give the ‘Cats the lead for good with a little over 18 minutes left in the game. Marygrove went almost five minutes without scoring before the ‘Cats went on an 8-0 run to go up 46-31 with 11 plus minutes left in the game.
Cassi Rushford made a jumper at 6:05 to give the ‘Cats the 61-33 advantage. When Erin Gerard hit a three-pointer with 44 ticks left on the clock NMU had its biggest lead of the game at 74-38.
Rushford followed up her 13-rebound performance from last night with 11 rebounds today. Deacon led all scorers with 20 points as LaShawn Lambert added 14 off the bench. Shanaye Davis led Marygrove with 12 points.
NMU was 28-75 from the floor for the game for 37.3 percent. The ‘Cats were 7-23 from the three-point line (30.4 percent). Deacon made four three’s. NMU shot 73.3 percent from the free throw line (11-15). The ‘Cats had 61 rebounds for the game and held Marygrove to 36. NMU held Marygrove to 23.3 percent shooting from the floor (14-60).
The ‘Cats are back into conference play against Lake Superior State on Thursday (Jan. 4).
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