November 25, 2011

Wildcats Fall in Thanksgiving Tournament Opener

Senior forward Hillary Bowling
Senior forward Hillary Bowling

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team saw its halftime lead disappear down the stretch, falling 63-49 to Marian University (Ind.) on Friday (Nov. 25) at the University of Indianapolis Thanksgiving Tournament.

With the loss, the Wildcats fall to (2-2) on the season, while the Knights improve to (5-1).

NMU grabbed the lead early in the first half from the Knights, taking a 12 point, 20-8 lead at the 7:50 mark after a Brooke Coenen jumper.

The ‘Cats continued to maintain their lead throughout the remainder of the first half despite not making a basket during the remaining four minutes of the half.  Marian trimmed the NMU lead to single digits by the end of the first stanza, with the ‘Cats on top 25-20 at halftime.

The shooting woes continued for NMU to start the second half, as the ‘Cats were unable to find the bottom of the net until the 18:00 mark of the second half.  By then, the Knights had already carried over enough momentum from the closing minutes of the first half to take control of the game, outscoring the ‘Cats 43-24 in the second half.

NMU was unable to make the Knights pay for their mistakes, converting only 14 points off of 24 Marian turnovers.

Senior forward Hillary Bowling paced the ‘Cats with 12 points and three rebounds.  Freshman guard Alyssa Colla chipped in nine points to go along with two steals.

The Knights were led by Rachel Turk with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

NMU shot only 28.6 percent from the field (18-63) and 30.8 percent (4-13) from beyond the arc.  The ‘Cats struggled at the charity stripe as well, converting only 40.9 percent (9-22) of their free throws.

Marian won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding NMU 47-35, including 33 defensive rebounds.

NMU is back in action at 7:30 p.m., Saturday (Nov. 26) against host Indianapolis University.

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