MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Hillsdale College womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team struggled out of the gate, but found its stride and defeatedthe Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball squad on Sunday afternoonby an 83-64 count.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats have now lost four games in a row, stand at5-11 overall on the season and 1-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers are 13-6 and 6-3 respectively.
The Wildcats had an 8-4 lead over the Chargers when TeraOpperman made a three-pointer about five minutes into the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HC took abrief lead before the lead went back and forth for about a four minutestretch.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kelsey Deacon drained a three-pointer with 5:05 left in the half togive the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 28-27 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers went on a 14-4 run to end the halfwith a 41-32 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second half was all Chargers as they quickly built an18-point lead about half way through the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll made an oldfashioned three-point play the cut the Chargers lead to 67-53 with 5:23 left inthe game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza had the lead down to 10 when she converted a three-pointplay with about four minutes left and the score 69-59.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Carroll after scoring a career-high yesterday had 17 pointstoday for game-high honors.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She also had six rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman ended the daywith 14 points while Kasza had 13.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jenn Carlson led the Chargers with 16points and five rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Turnovers were costly for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats as theycommitted 18.
NMU was 24-51 from the floor for the game for 47.1 percent and9-20 from the three-point line (45 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At the charity stripe the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catswere 7-10 for 70 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HC won the battle on the boards with a 30-25advantage.
NMU will continue at home this week as they host Northwoodon Thursday (Jan. 26) and Saginaw Valley on Saturday (Jan. 28).