DETROIT, Mich. – Allison Carroll recorded her first double-double of the season and two other Wildcats were in double-figures in the scoring column against Wayne State on Saturday afternoon. That was not enough as the Warriors defeated the ‘Cats 63-54.
The loss drops Northern Michigan University to 6-13 overall on the season and 2-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). WSU improves to 8-10 and 6-2 respectively.
After being down by as many as 10 points in the first half the ‘Cats used a rally in the final three minutes to cut into the lead. NMU scored six points in a row on two free throws and a jumper by Kelsey Deacon and a jumper by Allison Carroll. With 1:52 showing on the clock before the half the ‘Cats were down 28-24. Deacon hit for another jumper at 1:21 as now the ‘Cats were down by two points (28-26). With less than 50 seconds left before the half, Carroll made one of her two free throws and LaShawn Lambert’s jumper had the ‘Cats down by one at 30-29 going into the locker room.
The second half saw the ‘Cats take the lead 34-32 on an Angie Leckson lay-up at 15:56. About 30 seconds later Leckson converted two free throws and NMU was up 36-32. NMU’s final lead of the second half came at 14:15 when Leckson made one of her two free throws to make the count 37-36.
With the score 38-37, WSU went on a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes to take the lead to 53-41. NMU managed to cut the lead to seven points on four occasions before the end of the game.
Carroll led all scorers with 16 points as she added 11 rebounds. Her rebounds tied a career high. Deacon ended the game with 14 points. Leckson was the third ‘Cat in double-figures with 11 points. Monique George and Brooke Bowers each had 12 points for the Warriors.
After shooting 40.7 percent (11-27) from the floor in the first half NMU cooled off a bit in the second half. The ‘Cats were 7-29 fro 24.1 percent for the second 20 minutes. For the game NMU was 18-56 for 32.1 percent. From the arc the ‘Cats were shutout on 13 attempts. Free throw proved to be costly for the ‘Cats as they connected on 18-33 for 54.5 percent. NMU won the battle on the glass at 50-31.
NMU will stay on the road next week when they face Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 25) and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 27).
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