MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ After spending 17 years andover 280 wins on the Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball bench as theassistant/associate coach, Troy Mattson picked up his first win as the headwomenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball coach.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats defeated Finlandia 64-53 on Tuesdaynight at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with the win are now 1-2 overall.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FU falls to 1-4 on the season.
The Lions began the game with a 5-0 spurt and held a 10-3lead with about three minutes gone in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU chipped away at the leadand took over the lead at 16-14 when Maria Kasza hit a three-pointer with 10:35left in the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With less than two minutes left in the half, JennaWilliams made a two-pointer to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats their biggest lead of the first20 minutes at 29-17.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held a 29-20 lead at half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Lions hung tough the first couple of minutes of thesecond half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FU cut the NMU lead down to six points (33-27) at the 16:25mark.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU responded with a three-pointer by Williams at 14:55 for the 11-pointlead (41-30).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s largest lead of the second half was 18 points when AllisonCarroll hit a lay-up with 6:29 left in the game to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 58-40advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Kasza led all scorers with 16 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Williams added 10markers in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cassi Rushford off the bench led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the boardswith eight rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game, the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 23-77 from the floor for29.9 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the three-point line NMU was 10-41 (24.4 percent) and fromthe charity stripe the team made all eight of its throws.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lions did winthe battle of the boards with a 54-49 edge.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FU did have 27 turnovers for thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will jump into Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference play when they host the Oilers from The University of Findlay onSaturday afternoon (Dec. 3) at 1 p.m.