MARQUETTE, Mich. – A cold shooting first half had the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team in a big hole against Hillsdale College Sunday afternoon at the Berry Events Center. NMU was 6-32 for the half for 18.8 percent from the floor and trailed 31-17. The Chargers took the game by a 65-46 count.
NMU falls to 7-10 overall and 2-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). HC improves to 13-3 and 6-2 respectively.
Kelsey Deacon connected from three-point land a little over 30 seconds into the game to give NMU its only lead of the game (3-2). NMU would not score another point until 11:24 when Cassi Rushford made a jumper to make the score 16-5. With about three minutes left before the intermission, Allison Carroll made a jumper to get the ‘Cats within 10 (27-17. The Chargers would score the final four points of the half.
The second half was a little bit better for the ‘Cats from the floor. NMU was 11-31 for 35.5 percent. The Chargers shot over 51 percent from the floor in the half and 48 percent for the game (26-54). HC had a 21-point lead at 45-24 with 12:49 left in the game. Cassie Hegbloom made a jumper at 11:04 to make the score 45-28. LaShawn Lambert made both of her free throws at 2:30 to make the count 60-43. That was as close as the ‘Cats would get for the game.
For the game, the ‘Cats were 17-63 from the floor for 27 percent. Deacon made both three-pointers for the ‘Cats for the game. NMU was 2-13 from beyond the arc (15.4 percent). From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 10-13 (76.9 percent). The Chargers had the advantage on the boards at 42-35.
Carroll led the ‘Cats with 13 points. Deacon was the only other ‘Cat in double-figures with 10 points. Hegbloom had seven boards to lead NMU. Katie Cezat of HC led all scorers with 27 points and added 14 rebounds.
NMU has two more games on the current home stand. The ‘Cats face Ferris State on Thursday (Jan. 24) at 5:30 p.m. then will face Findlay on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 11 a.m.
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