MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Well as the oldsaying goes, all good things must come to an end.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Entering todayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game, TheUniversity of Findlay womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team had never defeated Northern Michigan University.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ All that has changed as the Oilers defeated the Wildcats,72-65, in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) openerfor both squads. UF is now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are 1-3and 0-1 respectively.
The first half was close as neither team had a big lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers held an eight-point lead, 31-23, with 4:20 left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats scored four straight points complements of Allison Carroll as she sanktwo free throws and added a basket in the final two minutes of the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UFwent into the locker room with a 31-27 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Carroll scored the first basket of the second half to cutthe Oilers lead to 31-29.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She ended the game with a team-high 20 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UFdid have a double-digit lead at 48-37 with 13:11 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TeraOpperman sank two free throws at the 3:09 mark to tie the score at 58-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jenna Williams hit a three-pointer with a little over a minute left in the gameto cut UFÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s lead to 66-63. Williams scored again with six ticks left on theclock to narrow the gap to 70-65.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers then made two free throws for thefinal margin.
Two other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were in double-digits as Maria Kasza added14 points and Williams had 10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman and Angela Britton each had sevenboards to share team honors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Julie Kafun from UF had a game-high 21 points and13 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ All of her rebounds were on the defensive end.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 23-67 from the floor for the game for 34.3 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats only made three, three-pointers for the game out of 12 attempts for25 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the free throw line, the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 16-20 for 80 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers controlled the boards with a 46-37 advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will face Saginaw Valley at University Center, Mich. on Thursday, Dec. 8 for their next game.