MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team fell to Grand Valley State University at the Berry Events Center on Saturday. NMU tied the score four times in the first half, but fell to the Lakers by a score of 92-65.
The Wildcats fall to 6-11 overall on the season and 2-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). GVSU improves to 14-3 and 7-1 respectively.
Kelsey Deacon drained a three-pointer at 11:41 of the first half to tie the score at 20. She then hit from long range about a minute later to give the ‘Cats its only lead of the game at 23-20. The Lakers tied the game again at 23 and then took a two-point lead before Cassie Hegbloom tied the game for the final time at 25-all with a jumper at 8:13. The Lakers used a 16-5 run over a five-and-a-half minutes span to go into the locker room with a 46-32 lead.
The second half saw the Lakers hold a double-figure lead for the entire 20 minutes. Angie Leckson made both of her free throw at 12:14 to cut the GVSU lead to 13 points (60-47). The ‘Cats had the lead cut to 14 points about four minutes later when Allison Carroll made a jumper (69-55). With the score 79-59 in favor of the Lakers they used a 13-6 run to end the game.
For the game the ‘Cats shot over 50 percent from the floor. For the first half NMU was 13-24 for 54.2 percent, the second half the team was 12-21 for 57.1 percent and for the game the ‘Cats shot 55.6 percent (25-45). From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 6-16 for 37.5 percent. Deacon had five of the six three-pointers. Leckson was perfect from the free throw line as she converted all six of her throws. As a team the ‘Cats were 9-13 for 69.2 percent. The Lakers had a slight edge in the rebounding department at 26-23.
Deacon led the ‘Cats with 21 points. She had 17 of her points after the first 20 minutes of play on the strength of 5-9 from the arc. Carroll was the only other ‘Cat in double-figures with 19 points. Hegbloom led the team on the boards with seven rebounds. Erin Cyplik of GVSU led all scorers with 29 points.
NMU will spend the next four games on the road. First up is a swing through the GLIAC South as the ‘Cats are at Hillsdale on Thursday (Jan. 18) and Wayne State on Saturday (Jan. 20).
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