MILWAUKEE, Wis. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team went out of conference with a game at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kelsey Deacon came offthe bench to score a career-high 19 points, but that was not enough as thePanthers took the game 77-65.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 2-4 overall onthe season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UW-M improves its record to 4-4.
NMU was down by nine points at the half (38-29).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswere shooting 40.7 percent from the floor (11-27) which included 6-10 from thethree-point line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza had 19 of her game-high 24 points in the first20 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the first half, Kasza was 7-9 from the field and aperfect 5-5 in three-pointers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza ended the game by making all six of herthree-point attempts, which tied a career-high.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She ended the day with 24points.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats could not get any closer than nine points in thesecond half ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ which was when Allison Carroll made a lay-up less than a minuteinto the half (38-29).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll had 11 points for the game to go along with herthree rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza and Jenna Williams each had six rebounds to shareteam-honors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cassi Rushford off the bench grabbed five boards.
Deacon ended the game by going 3-5 for her threeÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s, 6-7 fromthe free throw line and handing out four assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU cooled off a little inthe second half as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Traci Edwards led the home team witha double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will have a little time to rest as they will notbe back in action until after Christmas.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will play at the Florida SouthernTournament on Dec. 28-29.