Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball squad dropped its fifth game in a row on Thursday at the Berry Events Center.  The â€Â˜Cats were all tied up at halftime, but dropped a73-69 decision to the Northwood University Timberwolves.  NMU is now 5-12overall on the season and 1-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC).  NU improves to 6-11 and 2-8 respectively.


Cassi Rushford sank a jumper at 12:21 of the first half togive the â€Â˜Cats an eight-point lead at 12-4.  NMU held the lead for the rest ofthe half and even had a four-point lead with 2:20 to play in the half. AllisonCarroll gave the â€Â˜Cats a three-point lead (29-26) with eight ticks left on theclock before the intermission.  But the Timberwolves came down the court andsank a three-pointer with no time left on the clock to tie the game at 29-all.


The second 20 minutes saw the Timberwolves take the earlylead of the half.  NMU did tie the game at 41-all when Carroll converted a lay-upwith 13:47 left in the game.  Kelsey Deacon sank both of her free throws at12:07 to give the â€Â˜Cats a 43-41 lead.  Three-pointers were exchanged by eachside before the Timberwolves went up by two and the â€Â˜Cats tied it up, thanks toCarroll, at 48-all with 8:20 showing on the clock.  NU went on a 10-2 to takean eight-point lead (58-50) with 5:29 left in the game. Ã‚  With less than aminute left in the game, the Timberwolves were clinging to a seven-point lead. Deacon sank a three-pointer with 22 seconds left to cut the lead to four(71-67).  The Timberwolves made two free throws before Carroll mad a lay-upwith no time left for the final score.


Carroll led the way for the â€Â˜Cats on the night with 20points, three rebounds and three assists.  Tera Opperman added 16 points andfive rebounds.  Maria Kasza was the third â€Â˜Cat in double-digits in the scoringcolumn with 10 points.  Sara Bilunes from Northwood had a game-high 27 points.


NMU was 22-52 from the floor for the game for 42.3 percent. From beyond the three-point line the â€Â˜Cats were 7-22 for 31.8 percent.  At thefree throw line the â€Â˜Cats were 18-21 for 85.7 percent.  The Timberwolves hadthe advantage off the glass with 35 rebounds to 26 for the home team.  NMU had10 steals and 14 turnovers.


The â€Â˜Cats will finish up the homestand with a game against Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday (Jan. 28).  Saturdayâ€Â™s game is â€ÂœPack the Placeâ€Âas free tickets are available at Holiday Station Stores in Marquette, Harvey,Negaunee and Ishpeming.





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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director