MARQUETTE, Mich. – Down by eight points at the half (33-25) the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team used the three-ball in the second half to defeat the Tiffin University Dragons Thursday at the Berry Events Center by a count of 69-60. The Wildcats out-scored Tiffin 44-27 in the second half as the team shot 50 percent (15-30) from the floor in the half and held the Dragons to 32.3 percent (10-31).
NMU improves to 7-5 overall and 2-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Tiffin falls to 4-8 and 3-4 respectively.
The ‘Cats opened the game by connecting from downtown as Kelsey Deacon and Kellie Rietveld both hit to give NMU the early 6-0 lead. With the ‘Cats up by one (9-8) with 14:28 left in the hale, Holly Cole hit the first of her six three-pointers on the night to give NMU the 12-8 lead.
Tiffin took its first lead of the game at 13-12 with 12:14 showing on the clock. Cole hit another three at 4:53 to cut the Dragons lead to 21-19. The Dragons used a 12-6 run to end the first half.
About two minutes into the second half, Tiffin had built a 10-point lead (37-27). Jumpers by Kelsey Deacon and Kellie Rietveld over a three minute span cut the lead to 37-33. Cole connected for back-to-back three-pointers before Brynn Larsen and Deacon hit for their own threes to give NMU the 51-44 lead with 9:21 left in the game.
With a little over six minutes left in the game, Larsen gave NMU an 11-point lead (59-48) with a jumper. Rietveld made a jumper at 2:23 for an 11-point cushion for NMU. Deacon made six free throws in the final minute of the game to seal the win for the ‘Cats.
Deacon led all scorers with 22 points. Cole ended the night with 18 points as all of her points came from beyond the arc. She was 6-8 from three-point land. Rietveld ended the game with 11 points. Deacon added eight rebounds and four assists in the win. Katrina Clark led Tiffin with 14 points.
NMU was 24-58 from the floor for the game (41.4 percent). From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 10-25 (40 percent). NMU was 4-14 from the three-point line in the first half and 6-11 in the second half. NMU was almost perfect from the free throw line by going 11-12 (91.7 percent). Rebounds were slightly in favor of the home team at 38-37.
The ‘Cats are home Saturday (Jan. 10) against the Ashland University Eagles at 1 p.m.
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