ALLENDALE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ For the second time in a week the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team faced the Grand Valley StateUniversity Lakers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TodayÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s game was on the road as the Wildcats fell to theLakers 60-39.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 5-9 overall on the season and 1-6 in the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU improves to 14-3 and 7-1respectively.
NMU was down seven points at the half (24-17).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teamswere shooting in the 30 percent range.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 8-23 from the field for 34.8percent while the Lakers were 9-23 for 39.1 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats did not take atrip to the free throw line in the first 20 minutes of action.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU made sixtrips and converted five throws.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both sides made one three-pointer in the firsthalf.
The Lakers began the second half with a 12-4 run to takecommand of the game at 36-21 with about five minutes gone.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU held adouble-digit lead the rest of the way as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats could not get any closerthan 47-29 when Kelsey Deacon converted a three-pointer with a little overeight minutes left in the game.
Deacon led the way for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the afternoon with 12points, three rebounds and two steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She played the entire 40 minutes of thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll added 10 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman had a team-high fourrebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Julia Braseth and Erika Ryskamp each had 16 points for the Lakers.
NMU ended the game with a 32.6 percent shooting from thefield (15-46) which included 3-15 from the three-point line (20 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats made eight trips to the free throw line in the second half and made sixthrows (75 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU had 43 rebounds for the game which included 16 offthe offensive glass.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU ended the game with 20 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will play its next four games at home.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up on theschedule the Wayne State University Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m.