MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team played well enough to win on Saturday against Michigan Tech, but fell short (74-61). With the loss NMU is now 3-5 overall on the season and 1-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Huskies improve to 6-2 and 3-0 respectively.
For almost the first five minutes of the game the tempo was controlled by MTU which held a 12-2 lead. NMU went on an 8-0 run to cut the MTU lead to 12-10 with 13:30 left in the half. The run was highlighted by Angie Leckson as she made all four of her free throw attempts. With MTU holding an 18-17 lead, NMU got a basket by Kelsey Deacon at 7:53 to take the 19-18 lead. Cassie Hegbloom gave NMU a three-point lead at 21-18 when she hit for a jumper (7:18). MTU tied the score at 21-all before going on a 14-3 run to take the 35-24 lead with 3:14 showing on the clock. The Wildcats would cut the MTU lead to 36-29 at the half.
The second half saw NMU take a 42-41 lead at 16:01 when Steffani Stoeger converted a layup. NMU would expand the lead to four points when Christa Erickson hit for a three at 15:16 (45-41). MTU tied the score at 47-all at 12:15 and would hold the lead the remainder of the game. Leckson made a layup at 9:53 to cut the MTU lead to one (50-49), but that was as close as the ‘Cats would get on the night. NMU’s last point came on a Stoeger free throw with 1:16 left in the game (67-61). MTU scored the final seven points of the game.
Leckson led all scorers with 18 points. She also added a team-high nine rebounds. Kelsey Deacon was the only other NMU starter in double-figures as she ended the game with 10 points. Erickson had 11 points off the bench for NMU. Catherine Rottier led MTU with 16 points.
NMU was 22-51 from the floor for the game (43.1 percent). From beyond the arc, the ‘Cats were 3-19 for 15.8 percent. Two of the three’s came from Erickson. Leckson was 10-11 from the free throw line, as a team NMU was 14-19 for 73.7 percent. NMU had a slight edge off the glass at 34-30.
The ‘Cats will be at Ashland next Saturday (Dec. 15) for its final game before the Christmas break.
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