Wildcats Final Push Not Enough
MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan UniversitywomenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team cut the Wayne State lead to two points (65-63) withnine seconds left in the game, but the Warriors made their free throws to takea Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game on Saturdayafternoon at the Berry Events Center, 67-63.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The loss puts the Wildcats at5-10 overall on the season and 1-7 in the GLIAC.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Warriors are now 7-9 and4-4 respectively.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats controlled the first three plus minutes of thegame as they enjoyed a 10-5 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At one point in the first half the Warriorshad a 15-point lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats went on a 7-0 run the last four minutes of thehalf to go into the intermission down by three (33-30).Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU had the Warriors lead down to one point seconds into thesecond half when Allison Carroll converted a lay-up to make the count 33-32.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll made another basket with 14:28 left in the game to tie the contest at38-all.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU made two back-to-back three-pointers to take a six-point lead(44-38).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU built a double-digit lead, but the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats cut that down when TeraOpperman made a basket with 6:45 left in the game and the score 57-49.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MariaKasza hit a three-pointer with 5:31 showing on the clock and the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats werewithin three at 57-54.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman made one of her two free throws with 2:15 leftto have the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats within one at 61-60.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU made all four of its free throwswith less than 20 seconds left in the game.
Both teams were almost even from the floor.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU was 44.8 percent(26-58) while NMU was 43.4 percent (23-53).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 5-18 from the three-pointline (27.8 percent) and 12-17 from the free throw line (70.6 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU didwin the battle of the glass with a 35-31 edge.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 13 rebounds off theoffensive glass.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats turned the ball over 22 during the game, but had 14steals.
Carroll had a career-high 29 points in the loss.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Oppermanwas the only other Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats to crack the double-digit barrier as she had 18points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza had tied a career-high with 11 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She also had fiveassists and four steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats wonÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™t have much time to rest as they playHillsdale on Sunday (Jan. 22) afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Berry EventsCenter.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚