Press Box


MILWAUKEE, Wis. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team went out of conference with a game at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon.  Kelsey Deacon came offthe bench to score a career-high 19 points, but that was not enough as thePanthers took the game 77-65.  With the loss the â€Â˜Cats are now 2-4 overall onthe season.  UW-M improves its record to 4-4.


NMU was down by nine points at the half (38-29).  The â€Â˜Catswere shooting 40.7 percent from the floor (11-27) which included 6-10 from thethree-point line.  Maria Kasza had 19 of her game-high 24 points in the first20 minutes of play.  In the first half, Kasza was 7-9 from the field and aperfect 5-5 in three-pointers.  Kasza ended the game by making all six of herthree-point attempts, which tied a career-high.  She ended the day with 24points.


The â€Â˜Cats could not get any closer than nine points in thesecond half  which was when Allison Carroll made a lay-up less than a minuteinto the half (38-29).  Carroll had 11 points for the game to go along with herthree rebounds.  Kasza and Jenna Williams each had six rebounds to shareteam-honors.  Cassi Rushford off the bench grabbed five boards.


Deacon ended the game by going 3-5 for her threeâ€Â™s, 6-7 fromthe free throw line and handing out four assists.  NMU cooled off a little inthe second half as the â€Â˜Cats shot 37 percent for the game from the floor(20-54), 58.8 percent from the three-point line (10-17) and 78.9 percent fromthe charity line (15-19).  The Panthers were 28-70 (40 percent) from the floorand 5-22 (22.7 percent) from the three-point line. The home team had a13-rebound margin off the glass at 47-34.  Traci Edwards led the home team witha double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.


The â€Â˜Cats will have a little time to rest as they will notbe back in action until after Christmas.  NMU will play at the Florida SouthernTournament on Dec. 28-29.

















Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director