January 21, 2006

Wildcats Final Push Not Enough

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan Universitywomenâ€Â™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. Ã‚  The loss puts the Wildcats at5-10 overall on the season and 1-7 in the GLIAC.  The Warriors are now 7-9 and4-4 respectively.

 

The â€Â˜Cats controlled the first three plus minutes of thegame as they enjoyed a 10-5 lead.  At one point in the first half the Warriorshad a 15-point lead.  The â€Â˜Cats went on a 7-0 run the last four minutes of thehalf to go into the intermission down by three (33-30). 

 

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. Carroll made another basket with 14:28 left in the game to tie the contest at38-all.  WSU made two back-to-back three-pointers to take a six-point lead(44-38).  WSU built a double-digit lead, but the â€Â˜Cats cut that down when TeraOpperman made a basket with 6:45 left in the game and the score 57-49.  MariaKasza hit a three-pointer with 5:31 showing on the clock and the â€Â˜Cats werewithin three at 57-54.  Opperman made one of her two free throws with 2:15 leftto have the â€Â˜Cats within one at 61-60.  WSU made all four of its free throwswith less than 20 seconds left in the game.

 

Both teams were almost even from the floor.  WSU was 44.8 percent(26-58) while NMU was 43.4 percent (23-53).  NMU was 5-18 from the three-pointline (27.8 percent) and 12-17 from the free throw line (70.6 percent).  NMU didwin the battle of the glass with a 35-31 edge.  NMU had 13 rebounds off theoffensive glass.  The â€Â˜Cats turned the ball over 22 during the game, but had 14steals.

 

Carroll had a career-high 29 points in the loss.  Oppermanwas the only other â€Â˜Cats to crack the double-digit barrier as she had 18points.  Kasza had tied a career-high with 11 rebounds.  She also had fiveassists and four steals. 

 

The â€Â˜Cats wonâ€Â™t have much time to rest as they playHillsdale on Sunday (Jan. 22) afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Berry EventsCenter. Ã‚ Ã‚ 

 

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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