UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team behind 18 points each from Kelsey Deacon and Allison Carroll snapped its five-game skid with a win at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday. NMU held a four-point lead at the half (38-34) and won the game by a score of 63-56.
The Wildcats improve to 7-14 overall on the season and 3-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). SVSU is now 7-12 and 4-7 respectively.
With about seven minutes gone in the game and the scored tied at 15, the ‘Cats went on a 5-0 run. Cassi Rushford connected from downtown for a three-pointer and then converted both her free throws for a 20-15 lead at 11:40. NMU would hold the lead for the remainder of the half expect for a tie at 23-all with 6:20 left on the clock.
The ‘Cats answered with a 7-0 run. This time Kelsey Deacon made a jumper, hit a three-pointer and then sank both of her free throws for the 30-23 lead at 4:47. The Cardinals cut the lead to one at 30-29 with 3:20 showing on the clock. NMU answered again as Natalie Larocque with a three-pointer and Cassie Hegbloom with a jumper had the ‘Cats up by six (35-29) with about two minutes left. SVSU cut into the lead again to two points, but Angie Leckson sank both of her free throws to go into the locker room with a four-point lead.
With the score tied at 43-all with 11:58 left in the game the ‘Cats used another run to hold onto the lead. NMU went on an 11-2 run over a three minute span to take a 54-45 lead. Carroll hit a key jumper with 2:19 left in the game to extend the ‘Cats lead to 59-54. In a span of about 22 seconds with a little more than a minute left in regulation, Larocque connected on three of her four free throws to give NMU a 62-56 lead with 48 seconds left in the game. The ‘Cats ran out the clock to pick up the win.
Deacon and Carroll were the only players in double-figures for NMU. Rushford led the ‘Cats with seven rebounds. Jenna Schroeder led the Cardinals with 19 points. LaTille Ross had a double-double for the Cardinals with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
NMU shot 45 percent from the floor on 18-40. The ‘Cats were 6-16 from the three-point line (37.5 percent) as Deacon had four of the three-pointers. From the free throw line, NMU was 21-30 for 70 percent. Rebounds were even at 33.
NMU will play twice at home this coming week. First up is a date with the Mercyhurst Lakers on Feb. 1 then the other Erie, Pa. GLIAC school, Gannon will be the opponent on Saturday (Feb. 3).
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