MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team went out of conference Monday and faced theNorthland College Lumberjills.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats used a 20-2 run in the first halfto take the lead and hold it for the game to win 70-56.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 5-7overall on the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NC falls to 2-9.
A basket by Allison Carroll and a three-pointer by MariaKasza gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the early 5-0 lead just minutes into the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheLumberjills came back and took a five-point lead at 12-7 with almost fiveminutes gone in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU, down 16-15, used a run over an eight minutespan to take the lead for good.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When Kelsey Deacon made a two-pointer with3:47 left in the half the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had a 35-18 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU led at the half by a37-24 count.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
In the second half the Lumberjills had the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats lead downto less than 10 points at 59-50 with 5:30 left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cassi Rushford andKaza made back-to-back baskets to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 13-point advantage.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kaszathen nailed a three-pointer with about four minutes left for the 16-point leadat 66-50.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU ended the game with four players in double-digits.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll led the way with 14 points as she was followed by Deacon with 13, asKasza and Aimee Kovinchick both had 11.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rushford led NMU on the boards witheight.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Evelyn Hoosier led the Lumberjills with 15 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman addedfour assists and three steals in the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza and Deacon both had fourassists.
NMU shot 44.4 percent for the game from the floor (28-63)which included 7-26 from the three-point line (26.9 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats wereperfect from the free throw line as they made all seven of their attempts.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUdid out-rebound the Lumberjills by two (33-31).Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will be back in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(GLIAC) play at Ferris State on Thursday (Jan. 12).