ASHLAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team held a 15-point lead in the first half and was leading at the half (30-23). But the Wildcats could not hold on and dropped the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game to the Ashland Eagles on Saturday afternoon by a score of 56-53. NMU falls to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the GLIAC. AU improves to 6-4 and 2-2 respectively.
Angie Leckson converted a layup at 16:10 of the first half as the ‘Cats were rolling. Over the next three plus minutes NMU went on an 8-2 run to take the 15-7 lead at 12:36 which was capped off by another Leckson layup. With under 10 minutes left in the half NMU connected on back-to-back three pointers by Natalie Larocque and Kelsey Deacon to give the ‘Cats the 12-point lead (25-13). LaShawn Lambert gave the ‘Cats its largest lead of the half at 30-15 when she went in for a layup with a little more than five minutes left in the half. NMU went scoreless the remainder of the half.
Steffani Stoeger gave the ‘Cats a nine-point lead at the outset of the second half (32-23). NMU would go some time before scoring again, but Kelsey Deacon ended the drought with a three-pointer at 16:46 to give the ‘Cats a seven-point cushion (35-28). With 11:15 left in the game and it tied at 39-all the ‘Cats went on a 6-0 run to take the 45-39 lead with 7:42 left on the clock. Allison Carroll accounted for four of the six points in the run.
Carroll gave the ‘Cats a five-point lead at 53-48 with 2:45 left on a layup. The layup was the ‘Cats final score for the game. The Eagles would score the next six points in a row to take the 54-53 lead with 27 ticks left on the clock. AU added two free throws with eight seconds left in the game to ice it.
Carroll with 14 points and Leckson with 12 were the only two ‘Cats in double-figures for the game Cassie Hegbloom added a team-high seven rebounds for the ‘Cats. Elizabeth O’Brien led the Eagles with 14 points off the bench.
For the game the ‘Cats shot 36.7 percent from the floor (22-60). Deacon made three of the five three-pointers for the ‘Cats. NMU ended the game 5-18 from the arc (27.8 percent). The ‘Cats made five trips to the free throw line and converted four of the throws (80 percent). AU had the edge on the boards at 42-33.
NMU will be off until the MTU Tournament on Dec. 29-30. The ‘Cats will face Finlandia on Dec. 29 and Marygrove on Dec. 30.
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