MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team finally got some consistent shooting Thursday at the Berry Events Center against Wayne State University. NMU picked up its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) win of the season. The Wildcats and Warriors were tied at the half with 38 points each, but pulled out the game with a 70-68 decision.
The ‘Cats improve to 5-3 overall on the season and 1-3 in the GLIAC. Wayne falls to 2-5 and 1-3 respectively.
The first half saw the score and lead changed six times each. NMU began the game with a 5-0 run on a three-pointer by Kelsey Deacon and a lay-up by Kellie Rietveld. With the score tied at 10-all the Warriors went on a 9-2 run over a span of a little over two minutes for a 19-12 lead. NMU’s next lead was at 5:35 when Steffani Stoeger made a lay-up for a 30-29 score. Wayne would tie the game at 4:16 at 31-all before taking a three-point lead (36-33). Deacon made three free throws at 1:50 to give the ‘Cats a two-point cushion (38-36). The Warriors made two free throws towards the end of the half to tie it all up heading into the locker room. The ‘Cats shot 50 percent from the floor in the half (13-26).
The first couple of minutes of the second half were close. Each side had a brief lead and the score was tied twice. With the score tied at 44-all the ‘Cats went on a 6-0 run over a two minute span to take a 50-44 lead. During the run Deacon hit one of her seven three-pointers on the night. After Cassie Hegbloom made a lay-up with 14:23 left in the game, NMU had its biggest lead of the game 54-46. NMU held the lead until the 3:35 mark when the Warriors took a one-point lead (65-64). Rietveld answered with a three-pointer of her own for a 67-65 count with 2:44 showing on the clock. With NMU holding onto a one-point lead (67-66) with 1:36 left in the game the Warriors took over the lead (68-67) by making two of its free throws. With 16 ticks left on the clock Deacon hit a three-pointer which turned out to be the game-winner (70-68).
Deacon led all scorers with 26 points. Angie Leckson off the bench had 15 points and six rebounds. Chelsea Kouri for the Warriors had 21 points.
As a team NMU was 23-52 from the floor for the game (44.2 percent). From the arc, NMU was 10-25 (40 percent). At the free throw line, NMU was 14-18 (77.8 percent). The ‘Cats won the battle off the glass with 38 rebounds to 29 for the Warriors.
NMU will be back in action for a Saturday morning (Dec. 20) clash against the Northwood University Timberwolves. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m.
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