ASHLAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped Saturday afternoon at Ashland University. NMU dug a hole early in the game tried to get out of it, but fell just a bit short in the 69-64 game. The 18 NMU turnovers also did not help the ‘Cats.
The loss brings the ‘Cats record to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ashland improves to 6-6 and 3-5 respectively.
The first 10 minutes of the game the ‘Cats only managed to score a single basket on a jumper by Christa Erickson at 18:07. With the first 20 minutes half way gone the Eagles held a 16-2 lead. NMU found the scoring touch with a little more than nine minutes left in the half as Angie Leckson converted both of her free throws and Elicia Derusha made a lay-up for a 16-6 score. The ‘Cats had the Ashland lead down to seven points (19-12) at 7:04 after Erickson’s three-pointer. With 5:52 left in the half NMU was within five points (21-16) after Hillary Bowling sank both of her free throws. Ashland built its lead back up to 10 points (26-16) with less than four minutes left in the half. When Kellie Rietveld made one of her two free throws with a couple ticks under two minutes showing on the clock the Ashland lead was cut to five points (26-21). Rietveld added a jumper for the final NMU score of the half (1:19) as the ‘Cats trailed 29-23.
Rietveld kept up her scoring as she nailed the first shot of the second half which was a three-pointer (29-26). Derusha’s lay-up had the ‘Cats to within two points (33-31) with 17:40 showing on the clock. With the second half almost half way gone the Eagles had a double-digit lead (52-42). The ‘Cats cut the lead in half after a lay-up by Steffani Stoeger and a three-pointer by Erickson (52-47) with eight plus minutes left in the game. Ashland held the lead for the next five minutes, but Leckson’s lay-up had NMU to within two points (59-57) with 3:50 left in regulation. The Eagles turned back each NMU attack as the ‘Cats had it down to three points (65-62) with 1:32 left in regulation after a Stoeger made free throw. That was as close as the ‘Cats would get.
Stoeger led the NMU scorers with 18 points. Erickson was the only other ‘Cat with 10 or more points for the game as she ended the contest with 15 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. Lindsey Gaut led the Eagles with 18 points.
NMU was 21-60 from the floor (35 percent) for the game. From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 6-17 (35.3 percent) as Erickson led the way with three. NMU was 16-23 from the charity stripe (69.6 percent). The ‘Cats did win the rebounding battle with a 43-38 count.
The ‘Cats are home for its next two games. First up is an encounter with Findlay Thursday (Jan. 14) and then Hillsdale Saturday (Jan. 16).
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