MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team had one of the top teams in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) on the ropes Thursday night at the Berry Events Center. NMU down by two at the half to Grand Valley State dropped a two-point game to the Lakers 63-61. The Wildcats are now 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the GLIAC. GVSU improves to 9-4 and 4-0 respectively.
The first half saw the ‘Cats keep the game fairly close. NMU jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to baskets by Allison Carroll and Angie Leckson. Leckson made a layup at 8:58 to tie the game at 14-all. Kelsey Deacon canned a three-pointer at 1:57 to tie the game at 27-all. Leckson made a jumper at 1:32 to give the ‘Cats a 29-all game. NMU tied the score four times in the first half as GVSU’s largest lead was five points with about seven minutes left in the half.
Kellie Rietveld gave the ‘Cats a 35-34 lead at the 17:36 mark of the second half. About a minute later, Deacon went downtown again to give the ‘Cats a two-point lead (38-36). At 14:14 Deacon gave NMU the three-point lead at 44-41 with a jumper. GVSU was up 59-53 with a little over four minutes left in the game. The ‘Cats went on an 8-2 run to tie it up for the ninth time at 61-all. Carroll capped off the run with a three-point play. GVSU was up by two (63-61) with about 20 seconds left in the game the ‘Cats had a chance after calling a timeout. Deacon’s shot at the end missed the target.
Both teams shot over 50 percent for the game. NMU was 26-50 (52 percent). Deacon was 5-6 from the three-point line as a team; NMU was 5-15 (33.3 percent). The ‘Cats went to the free throw line five times and made four of the throws (80 percent). GVSU had two more rebounds than NMU for the game (24-22).
Deacon led all scorers with 21 points for the game. Leckson added 15 markers. Carroll led NMU on the boards with seven rebounds. Kim Wyngaard and Erin Cyplik led the Lakers with 12 points each.
The ‘Cats will be back in action on Monday (Jan. 7) at 5:30 p.m. for a non-conference game against Northland College.
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