Press Box

HOUGHTON, Mich. – For the second day in a row the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team had an easy time at the MTU Women’s Basketball Classic. Today the Wildcats held Marygrove to seven first half points to take the game 88-20.  In 2002, NMU held UM-Dearborn to 18 points in a 105-18 victory. 
With the win the ‘Cats improve to 5-6 on the season. For the second consecutive game, NMU had over 50 rebounds, today the ‘Cats pulled down 53 rebounds.
NMU never trailed in the game as they built a 19-point lead almost 13 minutes into the game. The Mustangs went the final 11:20 of the first half without scoring. Kelsey Deacon had eight points after 20 minutes of play. Marygrove was 3-25 from the floor in the first half (12 percent) while the ‘Cats were 18-39 (46.2 percent). 
The second 20 minutes of play the ‘Cats extended its lead. Allison Carroll converted a layup at 9:18 to give NMU a 51-point cushion (67-16). 
Everyone who played scored in the game. Kellie Rietveld off the bench led all scorers with 18 points. Deacon ended the day with 13 points. Angie Leckson added 10 points. Cassi Rushford and Carroll each had eight rebounds to share team honors. Natalie Larocque came off the bench to contribute four assists and two steals.
For the game the ‘Cats were 18-39 from the floor (46.2 percent). From the arc the ‘Cats were 5-14 (35.7 percent). Deacon (3-7) and Steffani Stoeger (2-3) scored the only three-pointers for NMU. From the charity stripe, NMU made half of its throws (7-14). 
The ‘Cats are back in conference play this week when they will host the Lakers of Grand Valley State University on Thursday (Jan. 3) at 5:30 p.m.
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director