MARQUETTE, Mich. – It took almost three minutes into the Northern Michigan University-Wayne State University women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon for someone to score. Allison Carroll drained a three-pointer for the first basket of the game to give the Wildcats the early 3-0 lead. NMU held a 27-21 lead at the half over the Warriors, but fell by a count of 64-56.
With the loss the ‘Cats fall to 7-9 overall on the season and 2-6 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The Warriors improve to 7-8 and 3-5 respectively.
Steffani Stoeger followed up Carroll’s three-pointer with a three of her own at 16:49 for the 6-0 lead. Kelsey Deacon made a jumper about 30 seconds later to give the ‘Cats an 8-0 lead. NMU’s largest lead of the half was 19-8 when Angie Leckosn made one of her two throws (9:33). With the ‘Cats clinging to a two-point lead (20-18), Natalie Larocque canned a three-pointer for the 23-18 lead at 4:25. Deacon then made a jumper at 2:16 for a 25-18 score. NMU would get two more free throws from Leckson before intermission as the ‘Cats held a six-point lead.
The second half saw the ‘Cats take a 31-25 lead at 18:21 after a Carroll jumper. NMU had the lead up to eight points (42-34) at 13:24 after a three-pointer by Larocque. WSU tied the game at 44-all at 9:47 then took a brief lead (46-44) before the ‘Cats tied the score at 46-all on a jumper by Deacon (9:02). NMU took a two-point lead (48-46) at 8:05 on two free throws by Carroll. The Warriors tied the game once again at 48-all and held the lead until Carroll hit a jumper at 5:19 for the 52-51 edge.WSU took over the lead for good at 53-52 with 4:23 left in the game. WSU went on an 11-4 run for the remainder of the game. NMU’s final two baskets of the game came with 10 second remaining by Carroll and as time expired by Deacon.
Carroll led NMU with 24 points. She was 9-13 from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line. Larocque off the bench chipped in with 12 points. Deacon was the third ‘Cat in double-figures with 10 points for the game. Cassie Hegbloom had 10 rebounds for a game high. Chastidy Miller led all scorers with 27 points.
For the game, NMU shot 37.5 percent from the floor (21-56). That included 6-21 from beyond the arc (28.6 percent). The ‘Cats were 8-12 from the free throw line (66.7 percent). Rebounds were even at 37 for each side.
The ‘Cats will not have much time to rest as they will host the Hillsdale College Chargers tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 19) at 2 p.m.
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