MIDLAND, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team tasted its first competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Thursday at Northwood University. Cold shooting hurt the Wildcats. NMU was up by three points at the half (26-23) on 34.6 percent shooting (9-26), but lost the game 52-44. For the game the ‘Cats shot 27.5 percent from the floor (14-51). NMU falls to 4-1 overall on the season and 0-1 in the GLIAC. The Timberwolves are now 4-0 and 1-0 respectively.
With the score tied nine-all about nine minutes into the game the ‘Cats scored back-to-back baskets by Cassie Hegbloom and Angie Leckson for a 13-9 lead. With NMU clinging to a 13-11 lead the ‘Cats went on a 5-2 run to take a five-point lead (18-13) with a little under six minutes left before half. Four of the points came from Christa Erickson and Erin Powers on lay-ups. Hegbloom’s jumper at 1:51 gave the ‘Cats a six-point lead (23-17), for its largest of the half. Erickson canned a three-pointer with 15 ticks left on the clock to give NMU a six-point lead again (26-20). The Timberwolves hit a three-pointer of its own with a second left before half.
About four minutes into the second half the ‘Cats were holding onto a five-point (30-25) lead after Angie Leckson’s lay-up. A little over 15 minutes left in the game the Timberwolves tied it up at 30-all. NMU took a four-point lead (35-31) with 13:15 left in the game on a three-pointer by Holly Cole and a jumper by Kelsey Deacon. Once again the home team tied the game at 37-all with less than 10 minutes left in the game. The Timberwolves took a 39-38 lead and would never give it up. With about a minute showing on the clock the Timberwolves held a five-point lead (49-44) and would then score the final three points of the game.
Deacon was the lone ‘Cat in double-figures on the night in the scoring column. She had 10 points in 38 minutes of play. She also had four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Megan Starnes led Northwood with 17 points. Erickson and Cole each had six rebounds to lead the ‘Cats off the glass.
NMU was only 4-23 from the three-point line for 17.4 percent. From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 12-18 for 66.7 percent. NMU did win the rebounding tussle at 47-45.
The ‘Cats stay on the road to face Wayne State on Saturday (Dec. 6).
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