UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – A win on the road in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play is always welcome, especially when you might not play as pretty as one would like. The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team up by six at the half had a 12-point lead with almost 10 minutes left in the game, but held on for the 47-39 win over the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals Thursday. With the win the ‘Cats improve to 7-7 overall on the season and 2-4 in the GLIAC. SVSU drops to 6-7 and 1-5 respectively.
NMU raced out to a 6-1 lead the first four minutes of the game. Cassie Hegbloom hit a three-pointer before Steffani Stoeger made one of her two free throws. Stoeger hit a three with NMU down by three points at 11:09 to tie the game at nine-all. About two minutes later, Stoeger hit from the arc again with the ‘Cats down by three points again to tie the game at 12-all. At 9:05 Stoeger converted a layup to give the ‘Cats a 14-12 lead which they would hold for the rest of the half. She ended the half with nine points. After 20 minutes of play NMU held a 22-16 lead. The ‘Cats shot 29.6 percent from the floor (8-27) for the half.
NMU held the lead for the entire second half. The ‘Cats had a double-figure lead at 17:36 when Hegbloom connected for a three-pointer (30-20). Allison Carroll made both of her free throws at 9:45 to give NMU its largest lead of the game (39-27). The Cardinals chipped away at the lead, but the ‘Cats held them off. With 3:32 left in the game the home team had NMU’s lead down to four points (40-36). NMU answered with a jumper by Stoeger and a free throw by Angie Leckson to give the ‘Cats a seven-point cushion (43-36). After the Cardinals made three free throws the ‘Cats then sank four of five free throws to hold on for the win.
NMU only shot 26.4 percent from the floor for the game (14-53). From the arc the ‘Cats were 6-29 (20.7 percent). Hegbloom ended the game going 3-4 from the three-point line. NMU was 13-22 from the charity stripe (59.1 percent). Rebounds were even at 43 for each side.
Carroll led the ‘Cats with 13 points. Two other ‘Cats were in double-figures with Hegbloom and Stoeger eachi pouring in 11 points. LaTille Ross was the lone player for the Cardinals with over 10 points for the game. She ended the contest with 14 points. Carroll and Erin Powers, off the bench, shared team high honors with seven rebounds each.
The ‘Cats will play the second game of the road swing against Northwood on Saturday (Jan. 12) at 1 p.m.
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