HOUGHTON, Mich. – With the seconds ticking away in the first half Angie Leckson put back an offensive rebound at the buzzer to give the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team a 22-21 lead after 20 minutes of play. The first half was a story of the rebounds. NMU out rebounded the home team 23-19, as 10 of the ‘Cats rebounds were on the offensive end. But in the end the Huskies, who shot over 52 percent from the floor in the second half, outscored the ‘Cats in the second half (41-33) to take the game 62-55 and move on the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament.
NMU ends its season 14-14 while the Huskies improve to 23-5.
When Steffani Stoeger made a lay-up at 13:48 of the first half the ‘Cats were down by one (8-7), but the team would not score another basket until 6:17 when Stoeger hit a three-pointer for a 13-10 game. Kelsey Deacon then tied the game with a three-ball at 5:28 at 13-all. Deacon then gave NMU a brief lead 16-13 at 4:40 off a three-pointer. After a MTU basket Holly Cole gave NMU another lead at 19-16 with 2:43 left in the half.
Leckson opened up the second half with a lay-up for a 24-21 NMU lead. MTU canned a three-pointer at 18:01 for a 24-all game. Cassie Hegbloom’s three tied the game at 27-all at 17:48. MTU held the lead and had a five-point edge (34-29) with 16:30 left in the game. With a little more than 10 minutes left in the game, Deacon tied it up once again with a lay-up for a 39-all score. MTU used a 7-0 run over a span of three minutes for a 46-39 lead. Deacon cut into the Huskies lead at 5:07 for a 52-49 score. That was as close as the ‘Cats would get on the night.
Cole led the ‘Cats with 18 points on the night as she connected from three-point land five times. Deacon was the only other ‘Cats in double-figures with 15 points in her final game in a NMU uniform. Erin Powers and Leckson had nine and eight rebounds respectively. Danae Danen led the Huskies with 18 points.
NMU after shooting 23.5 percent from the floor in the first half (8-34) ended the game with a shooting percentage of 31.7 percent (19-60). NMU was 11-31 (35.5 percent) from the three-point line on the night. The ‘Cats made 10 trips to the free throw line and made six of the throws (60 percent). Rebounds were in favor of the visitors 38-34.
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