Maria Kasza's 23 Points Not Enough
HOUGHTON, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Any time Northern MichiganUniversity and Michigan Tech University get together it always seems like itgoes down to the wire.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first game of the New Year saw the NMU womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™sbasketball team travel up the road to Houghton.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Monday night the crowd was notdisappointed at the Student Development Complex.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the Huskies up by twopoints (58-56) Kelsey Deacon missed a running jumper with two ticks left on theclock as MTU escaped with the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 4-5 overall on the season and1-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheHuskies improve to 9-2 and 5-0 respectively.
About half way through the first half the Huskies held a23-12 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over the next seven plus minutes the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats went on a 11-0 run totie the game at 23-all when Angela Britton connect with a lay-up with a littleover three minutes left in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU would take the 25-23 lead, about 15seconds later, when Tera Opperman made a jumper off of a MTU turnover.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTUscored the final four points of the half to take the 27-25 lead into the lockerroom.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Neither team shot over 41 percent from the floor for thefirst half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was at 39.1 percent (9-23) while the home team was a littlebetter at 40.7 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza made three of her three-pointers duringthe first half of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team NMU was 4-10.
The second half saw neither team get up on the other one bymore than four points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With 15:17 left in the game, Kasza made another threeto give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a four-point cushion (37-33).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU tied the game at 49-allwith a little less than four minutes left on the clock.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies held thelead the rest of the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman made a three-pointer with 24 ticks left onthe clock to cut the lead to one (57-56).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies then made one of twofree throws to set up the final shot for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU shot an even 50 percent from the floor (21-42) and fromthe three-point line (7-14) for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 7-9 from the charitystripe (77.8 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Defensively NMU held MTU to 38.2 percent from the floor(21-55).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Off the glass the Huskies had seven more rebounds than the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats(31-24).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU had 15 offensive rebounds while the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had four.
Kasza led the way with a game-high 23 points to go alongwith her three assists and two steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She tied a career-high with eight fieldgoals made (8-12) which included 5-7 from the three-point line.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman wasthe only other Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat in double-figures with 11 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jenna Williams had ateam-high five rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Amanda Sieja led the Huskies with 22 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will be back at the Berry Events Center on Saturday(Jan. 7) to face Grand Valley State University after taking a trip to LakeSuperior State on Thursday (Jan. 5).