COLUMBUS, Ohio – A jumper by Chelsea Lyons at the buzzer was off the mark as the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team ended 2010 on a sour note, losing to Ohio Dominican 54-55 Thursday evening. It was the first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win for the Panthers program.
NMU moves to 6-5 on the season and 1-3 in the GLIAC. Ohio Dominican is 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
Trailing by eight entering the second half, the Wildcats were finally able to take their first lead of the half with 4:10 to go (47-46) on a layup from Erin Powers. Lyons extended the lead on a three-point basket. Hale Summers answered back with a three-pointer of her own to cut the lead for Ohio Dominican and Lyons made another layup to put the Wildcat lead to three.
Meredith Fox added a layup and a free throw to tie the game. The Panthers got another layup and Lyons added a pair of free throws to tie the game for the final time. A free throw by Fox turned out to be the game winner with 59 seconds to go as Lyons missed two chances before the buzzer.
“Chelsea tried to win the game by herself. She really put a great effort out there tonight.” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “We didn’t deserve to win. Ohio Dominican deserved to win and I’m happy for them.”
NMU trailed 18-26 at the half, shooting only 30 percent from the floor and 1 -for- 9 from the three point line. Kellie Rietveld had nine points in the first half.
NMU finished the game shooting 36.5 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Panthers 34-30.
Lyons scored 18 points in the second half and had a game-high 21. Rietveld finished with 15 and Hillary Bowling had 10. Erin Powers chipped in with four points and nine rebounds.
“We didn’t have a total team effort tonight. We didn’t execute our game plan and it showed.” Mattson said.
Abby Glover led the Panthers with a double-double, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds. Summer Hale scored 11. The Panthers shot 42.9 percent from the floor and had 14 team assists.
The Wildcats will celebrate the New Year in Ohio and travel to Tiffin to play the Dragons in 2011. Game time Sunday (Jan. 2) is set for 3 p.m. All the action can be heard on 100.3 FM “The Point” as Ryan Beckman brings you call from Tiffin.
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