BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team came up a little short against the Ferris State University Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. NMU down by one at the half (31-30) dropped the game to the Bulldogs by a score of 70-65.
NMU is now 8-17 overall on the season and 4-12 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). FSU improves to 16-7 and 10-5 respectively.
Kelsey Deacon gave the ‘Cats its first lead of the game at 9-7 about five minutes into the game. With the score tied at 17-all, NMU went on a 6-2 run to take a 23-19 lead with 5:15 left in the first half. Highlighting the run was a three-pointer by Cassi Rushford and a three-point play by Allison Carroll. The Bulldogs would score a basket then Angie Leckson hit both of her free throws to give the ‘Cats a four-point lead once again at 25-21 with about four minutes and some change left in the half.
FSU tied the game with under three minutes left in the half, but Rushford again hit from the arc to give the ‘Cats the three-point advantage (30-27). FSU converted back-to-back lay-ups for the lead after 20 minutes of play.
With the score tied at 37-all in the second half the ‘Cats used a 6-1 run to take a 43-38 lead with 12:48 left in regulation. Carroll scored four of the points in the run. The Bulldogs tied the game at 49 before going on a run of their own (7-2) to make the score 56-51 with a little more than five minutes left in the game. FSU held on for the win.
Carroll and Deacon were the only two players from NMU in double-figures in the scoring column. Carroll led the way with 20 points while Deacon added 16. Rushford had a team-high nine rebounds. She also drained three three-pointers for the game. Rachel Folcik led the Bulldogs with a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds.
NMU shot 35.9 percent from the floor (23-64). From the arc the ‘Cats were 6-21 for 28.6 percent. NMU was perfect from the charity stripe as the ‘Cats sank all 13 of its throws. The Bulldogs did have seven more rebounds than the ‘Cats (40-33).
NMU’s final home game of the regular season will be next Saturday (Feb. 17) against Northwood. The ball will be tossed up at 1 p.m. Next Saturday’s game is Take A Kid Game to the Game Day. All kids in grades K-8th who are with a paid adult will receive a free youth admission. TCF Bank is giving a TCF Piggy Bank to the first 500 kids. Two of the banks will have a $100 bill inside. TCF is also sponsoring 10 cash give-a-ways during the game to the wildest Wildcat fans.
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