ERIE, Pa. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team played its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) basketball game of the season at Gannon University on Thursday night. Down by eight points at the half the Wildcats came back, but fell just short to the Golden Knights by a score of 80-79.
NMU is now 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC. GU improves to 3-1 and 1-0 respectively.
GU built a 17-9 lead after almost seven minutes of play. Kelsey Deacon changed that when she hit a three-pointer at 11:40 to cut the lead to 17-14. A little over a minute later Angie Leckson had the ‘Cats to within one at 19-18 (10:21). The Golden Knight built a lead to four points before Allison Carroll made back-to-back layups to tie the game at 26-all (6:17). Carroll then made one of her two free throws to give the ‘Cats the 27-26 lead at 4:59. GU went on a 13-5 run to end the half.
Shooting percentage was almost even for the first half. NMU was 13-31 from the floor for 41.9 percent while the home team was 15-35 for 42.9 percent. GU had the edge after 20 minutes of play in the three-point department at 5-10 (50 percent) while NMU was 2-11 (18.2 percent).
About half way through the second half the Golden Knights held a 16-point lead (67-51). Over the next four minutes the ‘Cats went on a 16-1 run to cut the score to 68-67 with a little over six minutes left in the game. GU built the lead back up again to 72-67 before Christa Erickson made a jumper which was followed by a layup by Deacon. The score was now 72-71 with 4:40 left in the game. Cassi Rushford tied the game with 4:12 left at 72-all when she sank one of her two free throws.
GU had a 74-72 lead, but Deacon hit from the arc to give the ‘Cats the lead back at 75-74 with 3:42 left in regulation. GU would again take a one-point lead (76-75) until Carroll went in for a layup with 3:11 showing on the clock (77-76). With the ‘Cats trailing by one again with 1:23 left in the game, Carroll converted another layup for the 79-78 lead. With less than a minute left the Golden Knights converted what turned out to be the game-winning layup. NMU had a chance with about two seconds left, but had trouble with the in-bound pass.
NMU was 33-64 from the floor for the game for 51.6 percent. From the arc the ‘Cats were 8-23 (34.8 percent). From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 5-12 for 41.7 percent. Rebounds were even at 37 for each side.
Carroll led all scorers with 25 points. She also had five rebounds and two blocks. Deacon was the only other player with more than 10 points as she ended the game with 16. Leckson led the ‘Cats off the glass with eight rebounds. Ashley Lowdermilk led the Golden Knights with 19 points.
NMU will stay in Erie, Pa. and face the Mercyhurst Lakers on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1) at 1 p.m.
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