MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team had the Gannon University Golden Knights on the ropes on Saturday afternoon, but could not closeout the game and dropped an overtime decision by a score of 76-70. NMU held an eight-point lead after 20 minutes of play (35-27).
The loss snapped the ‘Cats two-game winning streak as they are now 8-15 overall on the season and 4-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Golden Knights improve to 16-5 and 10-2 respectively.
With the score tied at 16 with 11:22 left in the first half the ‘Cats received back-to-back baskets from Cassie Hegbloom and Kelsey Deacon to take a four-point lead (20-16). After two free throws by the Golden Knights Angie Leckson converted an old fashion three-point play to give the ‘Cats the edge at 23-18 with 7:11 left in the half. NMU would hold the lead the remainder of the half and have an 11-point advantage when Hegbloom made a lay-up with 2:36 showing on the clock.
Maria Kasza connected from the three-point line at the 11:44 mark of the second half to give the ‘Cats a 14-point lead (48-34), which was the team’s biggest of the game. Over the next nine minutes the Golden Knights went on a 25-11 run to tie the game at 59 with two minutes and change left in regulation. Gannon took a two-point lead before Allison Carroll made a jumper with 27 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 61. The Golden Knights missed a lay-up at the buzzer.
With the ‘Cats down by one at 64-63 about a minute-and-a-half into the overtime period, Carroll sank both of her free throws to give the home team a one-point lead at 65-64. For the remainder of the extra session the Golden Knights went on a 12-5 run to take the game.
Four of the five starters were in double-figures in the scoring column. Leading the way was Carroll with 18 points. Deacon added 13, LaShawn Lambert 11 and Hegbloom 10. Christina Jackson led Gannon with 20 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Carroll just missed a double-double of her own as she led the ‘Cats with nine rebounds.
For the game the ‘Cats shot 50 percent from the floor (27-54). For the first half, NMU shot a sizzling 61.9 percent (13-21). Kasza had three of the five three-pointers. NMU attempted 16 three-pointers (31.3 percent). From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 11-14 for 78.6 percent. Rebounds were almost even as Gannon had one more than NMU (32-31).
The ‘Cats are on the road this coming week as they play at Lake Superior on Thursday (Feb. 8) and Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 10).
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