ASHLAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team up by eight points after 20 minutes of play, 28-20, had a cold shooting second half and dropped tonight’s game to the Ashland University Eagles by a score of 56-51. NMU defeated Ashland in Marquette by a count of 81-75 on Jan. 10. The Wildcats shot 26.7 percent from the floor in the second half (8-30) while the home team was shooting at a 48 percent clip (12-25).
NMU falls to 11-9 overall on the season and 6-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ashland improves to 12-8 and 8-7 respectively.
After Christa Erickson canned a three-pointer at 13:37 of the first half the ‘Cats enjoyed a six-point cushion (9-3). After the Eagles made two baskets, Holly Cole sank another three-pointer to give NMU a 12-7 lead at 11:43. Her shot was followed up by a three from Brynn Larsen (15-7). NMU expanded its lead to 12 points thanks to a Cassi Rushford three-pointer at 9:12 (21-9). NMU’s largest lead of the half was at 14 points when Cole connected for another three at 6:19 (24-10). Ashland closed out the last five minutes of the half by going on an 8-4 spurt.
Ashland opened up the second half by using an 11-3 run the first six minutes or so of the half to tie the game at 31-all. The Eagles holding onto a five-point lead 39-34 at 9:14 saw the ‘Cats take over the lead thanks to three-pointers by Larsen and Rushford for a 40-29 lead for NMU with 8:18 left in the game. The Eagles would take over the lead and NMU tied it over the next couple of minutes before Erin Powers made one of her two free throws and then Kelsey Deacon sank a jumper at 2:50 for a 48-45 game. After an Ashland lay-up, Deacon made a three-pointer at 2:03 for a 51-47 NMU lead, which would be the ‘Cats final basket of the night. A three-pointer and a jumper by Ashland gave the Eagles the lead for good with less than 40 seconds left in the game (52-51).
Deacon led the ‘Cats with 15 points on the night. Cole was the only other player with 10 or more points for the game as she had 12 points off the bench. Powers led the ‘Cats off the glass with nine rebounds. Betsy Morrison off the bench for Ashland led all scorers with 19 points. Teammate Lynsey Warren had a double-double for Ashland with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
For the game the ‘Cats were 19-59 from the floor (32.2 percent). NMU was 12-27 from the three-point line (44.4 percent). Cole led the ‘Cats by going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. The ‘Cats only made two trips to the free throw line for the game and made a throw (50 percent). NMU did outrebound Ashland for the game by a 39-35 count.
NMU will continue on its road swing with a game at Tiffin Saturday (Feb. 7).
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