DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University Wildcats came close to picking up its first win of the season. NMU fell in overtime to the St. Cloud Huskies 81-77 at the Um-Duluth Tournament. The Wildcats fall to 0-3 on the season as SCSU is now 2-2.
NMU shot only 26.5 percent (9-34) from the floor in the first half, but were trailing by two points (26-24). The second half saw the ‘Cats shoot 60 percent (18-30) from the floor. But SCSU shot 70 percent (14-20) in the second 20 minutes of play.
With about two minutes left in regulation and he ‘Cats trailing by one (64-63), Cassi Rushford made both of her free throws to give the ‘Cats a65-64 lead. The Huskies hit a jumper before Allison Carroll connected from the arc to give NMU a 68-66 lead with a minute and change left in the game. With the game tied again at 68-all, Carroll hit a jumper to give the ‘Cats the lead again (70-68). Kayla Rengel sank both of her free throws with six seconds left in regulation to tie the game (70-all) and send it to overtime.
The overtime session was all Huskies. SCSU scored the first four points to build a four-point advantage. Carroll made a jumper and then a free throw to cut the lead to one (74-73). With the Huskies leading 79-75, Carroll made both of her free throws to have the ‘Cats within two (79-77) with 11 seconds left in overtime. Anna Cashman went to the free throw line with three seconds left in overtime and sank both throws for the final margin (81-77).
Carroll led all scorers with 24 points. She also added nine rebounds. Kelsey Deacon added 18 points while Steffani Stoeger added 17.
NMU shot 39.4 percent from the floor for the game (28-71). Deacon led the ‘Cats from the arc as she was 4-13, as a team NMU was 7-24 (29.2 percent). NMU was 14-19 from the free throw line.
The ‘Cats face UM-Duluth tomorrow night (Nov. 24).
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