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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. With three players in double-figures the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team played tough, but dropped a nine-point decision to the Lake Superior State Lakers on Thursday (59-50).  The Wildcats were up by two points at the half (26-24) as they shot 37.9 percent from the floor (11-29) in the first 20 minutes of action.


NMU falls to 8-16 overall and 4-11 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  The Lakers improve to 16-6 and 11-3 respectively.


LaShawn Lambert made a jumper about four minutes into the first half to tie the score at four-all.  Maria Kasza then hit for two three-pointers to give the ‘Cats a six-point lead (10-4) a little over a minute later.  NMU had its biggest lead of the half when Kelsey Deacon hit for her own three-pointer at 10:32 for a 10-point edge (18-8).  LSSU would end the half with a 16-8 run.


The Lakers quickly tied the game at 26 and held a brief lead until Angie Leckson made both of her throws to tie the game once again at 32 (14:27).  Allison Carroll made a jumper and Leckson again was dead-on from the free throw line to give the ‘Cats a four-point cushion at 36-32 with almost eight minutes gone in the half.  LSSU would tie the game again at 36 and then go on a 13-4 run to take control of the game.  The ‘Cats had it down to six points with 1:34 left in the game (55-49) after Kasza sank two free throws. 


Carroll ended the game with scoring honors as she had 14 points.  Deacon and Kasza off the bench both ended the game with 13 points.  Monica Rehmann led the Lakers with 11 points.  Cassie Hegbloom led the ‘Cats off the glass with six rebounds. 


NMU shot a little over 30 percent from the floor for the game.  The ‘Cats were 16-52 for 30.8 percent.  From the three-point line, NMU was 3-13 (23.1 percent) as all the made three-pointer were in the first half.  Kasza made two of the three-pointer while Deacon made the other one.  NMU was 15-19 (78.9 percent) from the charity stripe.  LSSU out-rebounded the ‘Cats 36-28.


The ‘Cats will continue with its two-game road swing with a game at Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 10).  The Bulldogs defeated the ‘Cats about a month ago in Marquette.


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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director