BIG RAPIDS, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Cold shooting from the floordoomed the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team on Thursdaynight at Ferris State University.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats shot 24.2 percent from thefloor from the game (15-62) as the Bulldogs won the game 66-53.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 7-27for the first half from the floor (25.9 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats dropto 5-8 overall on the season and 1-5 in the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris is now 10-5 and 4-2 respectively.
Tera Opperman tied the game at two-all with a jumper abouttwo minutes into the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman then drained a three-pointer with almostfour minutes gone to cut the Bulldog lead to one at 6-5.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team went ona 10-1 run before Lauren Bartelli hit her own three-pointer to get NMU towithin seven at 16-9 with 11:49 showing on the clock.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Later in the half, GraceFarrell made one of her two free throws to get the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats to within five pointsat 25-20 with less than three minutes left in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris ended the first20 minutes of play with an 11-point lead at 34-23.
The second half saw the Bulldogs control the play andcontinued to build on its double-digit lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team was up 19 points at11:52 with a 46-27 score.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats did crack the double-digit lead whenOpperman made both of her free throws at 4:51 to make the score 55-47.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AllisonCarroll made a lay-up with 2:54 left, which would be the final time the leadwas less than 10 points at 59-51.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 7-28 from the arc on the night for 25 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fromthe charity stripe the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 16-22 (72.7 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris had 50 reboundson the night as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had 35.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the night with15 points and seven rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman chipped in with 10 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AudreyThwing led the Bulldogs with 23 points and 12 boards.
NMU will move on down the road and face Grand Valley State University for the second time in a week on Saturday (Jan. 14).