ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team kept it close the first 10 minutes of the game before Concordia-St. Paul opened up the game and held an 11-point lead at the half (42-31) before taking the game 86-66. NMU is 0-2 on the season while CSP is 2-0.
Cassi Rushford drained a three-pointer at 15:04 of the first half as the Wildcats held a 14-13 lead. Over the course of the next eight plus minutes CSP built a 32-20 lead. Angie Leckson converted a layup at 5:13 to get the ‘Cats within seven at 32-25. That was as close as the ‘Cats would get after 20 minutes of play.
The second 20 minutes of action saw the ‘Cats get CSP’s lead down to under 10 points on several occasions. Natalie Larocque hit from downtown at 15:09 to make the count 51-42. The next time the ‘Cats would get it under 10 points was when Rushford canned a three-pointer at 12:43 (57-49). Over the next five plus minutes CSP went on a 16-4 run to put the game pretty much away.
Allison Carroll was named to the Wildwood Lodge All-Tournament Team. She had 11 points on Saturday. Larocque led the way for the ‘Cats with 19 points. She was 5-7 from the field as 5-6 was from three-point range. Larocque made all four of her free throws. Rushford ended the game with 11 points and three rebounds. LaShawn Lambert had a team-high six rebounds. Amanda Behnke led CSP with 22 points.
NMU was 20-61 from the floor for 32.8 percent. The ‘Cats were 9-20 from beyond the arc (45 percent). During the game NMU made 21 trips to the free throw line and made 17 throws (81 percent).
The ‘Cats are at the UM-Duluth Tournament after Thanksgiving. Up first for the team will be St. Cloud on Friday (Nov. 23) and then on Saturday (Nov. 24) UM-Duluth.
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