MARQUETTE, Mich. – Led by Angie Leckson’s career-high 20 points the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team won its home regular-season finale over the Northwood University Timberwolves by a score of 73-68 on Saturday.
The Wildcats improve to 9-17 overall on the season and 5-12 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NU falls to 9-15 and 3-13 respectively.
The Timberwolves led almost the entire first half of play. There were two ties in the first 20 minutes of play. Cassi Rushford sank both of her free throws with 11:50 left in the half to tie the game at 12-all. The second tie of the half came when Leckson made a jumper with less than 11 minutes on the clock to make the count 14-all. Kelsey Deacon made a three-pointer with 1:15 before intermission to get NMU within one at 37-36. NMU would end the half down by two (38-36).
The second half saw the Timberwolves control the temp the first eight plus minutes of the half. NU held a 52-45 lead with 11:49 left in regulation. Natalie Larocque hit a three-pointer at the 10:25 mark to tie the game at 52-all. A couple of minutes later, Leckson tied the game again (56) with a lay-up at 8:18. After Allison Carroll made a lay-up at 5:53 to tie the game at 60, the Timberwolves went on a 6-0 run.
With NU holding onto a one-point lead (66-65) with under three minutes to go in the game, Carroll sank both of her free throws to give the ‘Cats the lead 67-66. The game was tied again at 68 with a little over a minute left in the game. Carroll hit a turn around jumper with 28 ticks left in the game to give the ‘Cats a two-point cushion. In the final 10 seconds of the game, the ‘Cats went three-of-four from the free throw line to ice the win.
Carroll ended the game with 17 points and four rebounds. Cassie Hegbloom ended with 10 points and five rebounds. Leckson also added eight rebounds. She was 6-10 from the floor and 8-11 from the free throw line. Lisa Collison and Jodi Ostergren both had 16 points to lead the Timberwolves.
As a team the ‘Cats shot 42 percent form the floor (21-50). NMU only made three three-pointers in 12 attempts (25 percent). Deacon had two of the three-pointers. From the charity stripe NMU was 28-35 for 80 percent. NU had a five-rebound edge over the ‘Cats (35-30).
The ‘Cats will conclude the 2006-07 season with a game at Michigan Tech next Saturday (Feb. 24).
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