DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 70-53 win over the UM-Duluth Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at the UM-Duluth Tournament. NMU is now 1-3 on the season while UM-D falls to 0-4.
It took both teams a little time to get going on Saturday. The Bulldogs scored the first basket of the game at 16:47 while the Wildcats scored its first bucket at 15:40. NMU took over the lead at 13:30 when Natalie Larocque hit for a three-pointer to give the ‘Cats the 5-4 lead. NMU would hold the lead the remainder of the half. The Bulldogs would get within one at 12-11 at 9:57, but the ‘Cats answered with a 9-0 run when Larocque hit for another three-pointer at 6:19 (21-11). NMU held a 31-20 lead after 20 minutes of play. The ‘Cats were 10-22 from the floor in the first half for 45.5 percent. NMU made four of its three-pointers in the half for 66.7 percent.
The second half was all ‘Cats as the team held a double-digit lead almost for the entire 20 minutes of play. UM-D did cut the lead to nine points (39-30) at 11:54, but NMU answered with back-to-back layups by Allison Carroll and Larocque. With a little over four minutes left in the game the ‘Cats were up by 20 points thanks to a jumper by Cassie Hegbloom. For the second half the ‘Cats shot 51.9 percent from the floor (14-27).
Carroll led the ‘Cats with 16 points and five rebounds. She was named to the all-tournament team. Larocque was the only other ‘Cat with 10 or more points as she ended the game with 14. Jacquie Hartman led the Bulldogs with 16 points.
For the game the ‘Cats were 24-49 from the floor for 49 percent. NMU made over half of its three-pointer (5-9) for 55.6 percent. From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 17-25 for 68 percent. Off the glass the ‘Cats had the edge at 34-28.
NMU will stay on the road for its next two games. The ‘Cats open up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this week in Erie, Pa. Thursday (Nov. 29) the team will face Gannon before going across town to face Mercyhurst on Saturday (Dec. 1).
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