HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team dropped its third game in a row and fifth of the past six with an 83-49 defeat at Hillsdale College on Thursday night.
With the loss the Wildcats are now 6-12 overall on the season and 2-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Chargers improve to 11-5 and 6-2 respectively.
Allison Carroll hit the first jumper of the game to give NMU the quick 2-0 lead. The home team went on a 11-4 run before Cassie Hegbloom hit a jumper at 14:33 of the first half to get the ‘Cats within three at 11-8. For the next six minutes the Chargers used an 18-5 (29-13) run to take control of the game. Carroll made a jumper at 6:44 to get the ‘Cats within a dozen at 29-17, which was as close as the ‘Cats would get in the half. HC went into the locker room with a 43-23 lead.
The Chargers had a double-figure lead the entire 20 minutes of the second half. Within the first five minutes of the half the ‘Cats had the lead down to 14 points twice in that time span. The final time was at 15:52 when Kelsey Deacon sank both of her free throws. Over a six minute span the ‘Cats could only manage to score two points on an Erin Gerard lay-up at 9:21.
The ‘Cats on the night shot over 30 percent in both halves. NMU was 11-33 in the first half (33.3 percent) and 9-24 in the second half (37.5 percent). For the game the ‘Cats were 20-57 for 35.1 percent. LaShawn Lambert made the lone three-pointer on the night for the ‘Cats. As a team NNMU was 1-10 (10 percent) from the arc. Deacon was a perfect from the free throw line as she converted all four of her throws. NMU was eight of 10 from the charity stripe for 80 percent. The ‘Cats won the battle along the glass at 38-32.
Carroll led the ‘Cats with 15 points while Deacon added 12. Cassi Rushford has a game-high eight rebounds. Nikki Whitmyer led all scorers with 19 points.
The ‘Cats will continue with its GLIAC South swing with a game at Wayne State on Saturday (Jan. 20).
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