LAKELAND, Fla. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team won its second game in the Sunshine State on Thursday.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats down 26-17 at the half came back with a 43-point performancein the second half to defeat Florida Southern, 60-55.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU moves to .500 on theseason with a 4-4 record.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Florida Southern is now 5-6.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU struggled in the first half by shooting 28 percent fromthe floor (7-25).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats made two three-pointers and one free throw duringthe first 20 minutes of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jenna Williams scored six points to lead the wayin the first half.
The second half saw the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats begin the half by going on a16-5 run to take the lead for good on Maria KaszaÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s three-point play with 15:46left on the clock and the score 33-31.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU expanded its lead to as many as 10points twice during the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll made a lay-up with 12:12 left togive the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the 45-35 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With a little more than a minute left in thegame, Williams hit a jumper to give NMU the 56-46 advantage.
For the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats ended the 40 minutes of play by going21-50 from the floor (42 percent) and 8-25 from the three-point line (32percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the line NMU was 10-18 (55.6 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had one morerebound than Florida Southern with 38.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tera Opperman led the way for NMU with 17 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Threeother Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were in double-figures as Carroll ended the game with 14 points andseven rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza added 12 and Williams 11 points respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ CassiRushford had a team-high eight rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Erica Nelson led Florida Southernwith 13 points.
Opperman and Kasza were named to the all-tournament team.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will be back in action on Monday (Jan. 2) with a trip to Houghton, Mich, to take on the Huskies.