MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Saturday afternoon the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team shot 38.5 percent for the game (20-52)and dropped the conference game to the Grand Valley State University Lakers81-55.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats are now 4-7 overall on the season and 1-4 in the GreatLakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU is now 12-3 and 5-1respectively.
The Lakers had the lead the entire game as they got out ofthe gate with eight straight points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll made the score 8-5 at16:29 of the first half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But after that time the Lakers gradually built theirlead to double-digits.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s largest lead of the half was 22 points at 35-13with 9:04 left on the clock.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kelsey Deacon sank two free throws with 17 ticksto cut the GVSU lead to 43-30.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers went into the locker rooms at thehalf with a 45-30 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second 20 minutes the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats could not cut into theLakers lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU had a double-digit lead the whole half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did cut thelead to 14 points, which was as close as they would get, at 47-33 when TeraOpperman made a three-pointer with 18:25 remaining in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 7-22 in three-pointers for 31.8 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catsmade 11 trips to the free throw line and sank eight throws.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did lose thebattle of the boards as the team had 26 rebounds to 39 for the visitors.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSUtallied 14 offensive rebounds for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deacon led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with 12points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll added 10 markers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Aimee Kovinchick had a team-high sixrebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Julia Braseth led the Lakers with 18 points.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will be action again on Monday night (Jan. 9) atthe Berry Events Center against Northland College.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will then hit the roadfor two games against Ferris State on Thursday (Jan. 12) and GVSU on Saturday(Jan. 14).