FINDLAY, Ohio – After being tied 26-26 after 20 minutes of play the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team used a 10-0 run to begin the second half to take control of the game against the University of Findlay Thursday night. NMU won its third game in a row by a score of 59-49.
The Wildcats are now 9-5 overall and 4-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with the win. UF falls to 8-6 and 3-6 respectively.
The Oilers took the early lead in the game before Holly Cole canned a three-pointer at 13:38 for a 12-10 lead. UF took over the lead once again and had a six-point cushion (18-12) with less than nine minutes left in the half. Back-to-back baskets by Angie Leckson and Kelsey Deacon cut the lead to 18-16 with a little over seven minutes showing on the clock. The Oilers kept the ‘Cats at bay until Steffani Stoeger tied the game with a lay-up (24-24) at 2:38. UF took a brief two-point lead before Cassie Hegbloom tied the game for the fourth time with 23 seconds left in the half (26-26).
The second half run was highlighted by Deacon’s two three-pointers (36-26). Leckson converted a three-point play the old fashion way at 13:01 for a 42-30 NMU lead. UF had NMU’s lead down to 46-39 before the ‘Cats answered with a basket by Deacon and a three-pointer by Brynn Larsen for a 51-41 lead with 8:22 left in the game. Deacon made two more three-pointers to give the ‘Cats a double-digit lead. Her first trey at 4:35 gave NMU a 56-45 lead while her next one with 2:20 left gave NMU a 59-47 cushion.
Deacon, this week’s GLIAC North Division Player of the Week, led all scorers with 20 points. She also chipped in with four assists and three steals. Leckson pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds. Jessica Vorst led the ‘Cats with 18 points.
NMU held the Oilers to 26.7 percent shooting from the floor for the second half (8-30). NMU shot 38.1 percent for the game (24-63) from the floor, but were 13-28 (46.4 percent) in the second half. The ‘Cats were 8-25 from beyond the arc (32 percent). Four of the three –pointers were by Deacon. NMU made only four trips to the line and sank three of the throws (75 percent). The ‘Cats had the advantage off the glass at 46-41.
NMU will continue with the road swing Saturday at Hillsdale (Jan. 17).
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