LAKELAND, Fla. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team escaped the Marquette winter for two basketballgames in Florida.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Today the Wildcats were led by three players indouble-figures to pick up their third win of the season with a 75-52 victoryover Saint Leo at the Florida Southern Holiday Classic.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats improve to3-4 on the season while the Lions are now 3-7.
NMU held an eight-point lead at the half (31-23) beforescoring 44 points in the second half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held the Lions to 29 second halfpoints. Maria Kasza scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She sharedgame-honors with teammate, Kelsey Deacon, as she scored all 16 of her points inthe second half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The third Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat in double-figures was Jenna Williams with 10markers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Williams also had three steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Katie Koestner led the Lions with 13points and 10 rebounds.
NMU was 26-67 from the floor for the game for 38.8 percentwhich included 9-24 from the three-point line (37.5 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats fromthe free throw line were 14-19 for 73.7 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the boards the Lions had a14 rebound advantage at 49-35.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SL grabbed 20 offensive rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DaniciaBraun led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the boards with five rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tomorrow (Dec. 29) the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats face the host, Florida Southern, in the second game of their Florida swing.
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