ALLENDALE, Mich. – A couple of weeks ago in Marquette the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team shocked the Grand Valley State team (81-68). Move forward to today and the rematch at GVSU. Leading by one at the half (31-30) the Lakers came back to defeat the Wildcats by a score of 62-59.
With the loss the ‘Cats drop to 12-10 overall and 7-10 in the Great lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers improve on the season to 17-5 and 13-4 respectively.
Angie Leckson at 13:18 of the first half tied the game at nine-all with a lay-up. The ‘Cats then took a 12-9 lead on its next possession on a three-pointer by Holly Cole. The game was close over the next two minutes as GVSU tied the game at 12-all before NMU took the lead again on another three-pointer by Cole. GVSU took the lead before the ‘Cats tied it up at 9:09 at 17-all on a jumper by Steffani Stoeger. With 5:32 left in the half the Lakers had built a seven-point lead (27-20) before the ‘Cats chipped away. Kelsey Deacon canned a three-pointer at 4:35 to cut the GVSU lead to one (27-26). Brynn Larsen made a lay-up for a 30-28 game then she made one of her two free throws for a 30-29 count with 2:30 left in the half. Deacon hit a jumper with 1:31 left to give NMU the one-point edge going into the locker room.
The second half saw the ‘Cats take a 34-32 lead on Deacon’s three-pointer just minutes into the half. NMU built a five-point lead at 42-37 at 15:57 after Stoeger made two baskets as one was a three-pointer and Deacon added a three of her own. Christa Erickson kept the NMU lead at five with a three-pointer 47-42 at 14:17. GVSU tied the game at 47-all at 11:27 left in the game. From this point the Lakers held the lead. GVSU held a six-point lead at 53-47 with 8:32 showing on the clock. Kellie Rietveld’s three-point play at 6:26 cut the Lakers lead to 53-51. GVSU built the lead back up to six points (58-52) with less than four minutes left in the game. Erin Powers sank both of her free throws with a tick under three minutes remaining in the game for a one-point game (58-57). Deacon hit NMU’s last basket at 2:22 for a 60-59 game. GVSU hit two free throws with eight seconds left in the game for the final margin.
The one-two punch of Deacon and Stoeger led NMU in the scoring column with 16 and 14 points respectively. Stoeger also added three assists and three steals. Rietveld ended the game with a team-high six rebounds and six assists. Emma Veach led GVSU with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.
NMU from the floor for the game was 20-55 (36.4 percent). The ‘Cats from beyond the arc were 11-29 (37.9 percent). Deacon, Stoeger and Erickson each made three three-pointers during the game. From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 8-11 (72.7 percent). GVSU had a 17-rebound advantage for the game (47-30).
NMU will travel up the road from GVSU to take on Ferris State Saturday (Feb. 14).
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