MARQUETTE, Mich. – Despite a big comeback when trailing by double-digits in the waning minutes of the contest, the Northern Michigan women’s basketball fell 74-69 to visiting Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Berry Events Center.
With the loss, NMU falls to 10-12 on the season and 6-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The loss also snaps a two-game home winning streak for the Wildcats. LSSU improves to 9-13 on the season and 5-10 in the GLIAC.
After trading baskets to start the game, the Lakers began to run away from the ‘Cats in the last eight minutes of the first half as NMU failed to capitalize on second chances. By the 4:52 mark, the Lakers had jumped out to their first double-digit lead of the night with a pair of free throws from Cassy Schemberger. LSSU went into the half up 34-23 as NMU connected on only seven field goals in the first 20 minutes.
The ‘Cats came out flat to start the second half allowing the Lakers to capitalize and race out to a 25 point, 54-29 lead with still over 13 minutes left to play. LSSU continued to play with a large double-digit lead throughout the second stanza until the three minute mark when the freshman combination of Laruen Gruber and Alyssa Colla connected on a three-pointer to ignite the NMU comeback. The ‘Cats proceeded to go on a 9-0 run to cut the Lakers lead to just four points with 2:28 left in the contest.
LSSU’s Raven Trammel quickly foiled the ‘Cats comeback when she netted her second three-pointer of the game to extend the Lakers lead back to three possessions at 68-61 with just over one minute to go. NMU was forced to foul to stay within striking distance with LSSU sealing the game at the charity stripe.
NMU’s Colla provided one last spark of excitement to end the game, when she nailed a half-court shot as time expired.
NMU was led by Lyons with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Colla also netted 14 points, four boards and four assists for the ‘Cats.
The Lakers were led by Sarah Cubr with 23 points and Marie Blazejewski with 21 points.
NMU shot only 35.9 percent (23-for-64) from the field and 25.9 percent (9-for-36) from beyond the arc.
The ‘Cats held the edge on the glass, outrebounding the Lakers 35-34 and netted 16 second-chance points off of 12 offensive boards.
NMU is back in action next week when it travels to Lake Erie (Feb. 16) and Ashland (Feb. 18). Tipoff against Lake Erie is set for 6 p.m.
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