HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon at Hillsdale College. Hillsdale up by eight points at the half (43-35) won the game by a score of 78-67.
NMU is now 9-6 overall on the season and 4-6 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The Chargers, ranked fourth in this week’s NCAA II national poll, improve to 13-2 and 8-2 respectively.
NMU jumped out to a 12-6 lead about four minutes into the game. The scoring came from Kellie Rietveld and Kelsey Deacon. Hillsdale cut into the Wildcats lead, but they answered each time. The Chargers had the NMU down to one point (14-13) with 12:50 left in the half. NMU used a three-pointer by Holly Cole and a lay-up by Steffani Stoeger for a six-point cushion (19-13). Hillsdale tied the game at 19-all and took over the lead for the next three minutes before Christa Erickson tied the game at 27-27 with 6:06 left in the half. Erickson tied the game up with three minutes left at 33-all when she made a jumper. The Chargers used a 10-2 run to end the half.
NMU used a 7-2 run at the beginning of the half to get back into the game. When Rietveld converted a lay-up at 16:31 the ‘Cats had the game down to one point (45-44). A scoring drought hurt the ‘Cats as they would not score a basket again until 9:22 when Deacon canned a jumper (57-46). Deacon converted another jumper off of a turnover to get the Chargers lead to less than 10 points with 8:58 showing on the clock (57-48). Another slump hurt the ‘Cats as they would not score a basket until Erickson sank a three-pointer with 5:45 left in the game (63-51). Hillsdale controlled the remainder of the half to pick up the win.
Deacon led all scorers with 24 points. She was 10-22 from the floor which included 3-9 from beyond the arc. Deacon also added a team-high six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Erickson off the bench had a career-high 17 points, 15 of her points came from the three-point line as she was 5-8. Rietveld ended the game with 12 points. Katie Cezat led the Chargers with 22 points.
The ‘Cats after shooting 48.3 percent in the first half (14-29) cooled off a bit in the second half (13-37 for 35.1 percent) to end the game shooting 40.9 percent from the floor (27-66). NMU was 9-24 from the three-point line (37.5 percent). NMU made six trips to the free throw line and made four of its throws. Hillsdale on the other hand was 21-25 from the charity stripe. Rebounds were even at 34 for each side.
NMU will play its next four games in a row at home. Beginning this coming week the ‘Cats host Lake Superior State Thursday (Jan. 22) and Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Jan. 24).
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