MARQUETTE, Mich. – Bouncing back from Saturday’s game at Grand Valley State, the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team took a break from the conference race and hosted the Northland College LumberJills at the Berry Events Center on Monday. Up by a score of 30-22 at the half the Wildcats doubled the score in the second half on the LumberJills (42-21) to take the game 72-43.
NMU is now 6-9 overall while NC is 2-6.
The pesky LumberJills kept the game close in the first half. There were six ties during the first 20 minutes of play. With the score tied at 22-all NMU went on an 8-0 run over the last three plus minutes of the half. Allison Carroll scored six of the eight points. Cassi Rushford had the other two.
The ‘Cats began the second half with a 5-2 run to take the lead to double-figures (35-24) with about three minutes gone. Kelsey Deacon scored seven points in a row with under 10 minutes to go in the game as she helped extend the ‘Cats lead to 58-39. The rest of the way the ‘Cats went on a 14-4 run to end the game.
Deacon led all scorers with 15 points. Carroll ended the game with 13 points. On the glass, Rushford and Angie Leckson each had 11. Leckson who had a career-high 14 points against Grand Valley State on Saturday turned around and had a career-high rebounding night against NC. Chelsea Lundgren led the LumberJills with 10 points.
NMU shot 40.3 percent for the game (27-67). The ‘Cats were 8-23 from the arc (34.8 percent). Deacon had three from long distance while Natalie Larocque sank two. NMU was 10-13 from the free throw line for 76.9 percent. The ‘Cats had an 18-rebound advantage over NC (48-30).
The ‘Cats go back to conference play later in the week. They host Ferris State on Thursday (Jan. 11) and Grand Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 13).
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