Wildcats Drop Another Close Game
MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball squad dropped its fifth game in a row on Thursday at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were all tied up at halftime, but dropped a73-69 decision to the Northwood University Timberwolves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 5-12overall on the season and 1-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NU improves to 6-11 and 2-8 respectively.
Cassi Rushford sank a jumper at 12:21 of the first half togive the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats an eight-point lead at 12-4.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a three-point lead (29-26) with eight ticks left on theclock before the intermission.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did tie the game at 41-all when Carroll converted a lay-upwith 13:47 left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kelsey Deacon sank both of her free throws at12:07 to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 43-41 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Three-pointers were exchanged by eachside before the Timberwolves went up by two and the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats tied it up, thanks toCarroll, at 48-all with 8:20 showing on the clock.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NU went on a 10-2 to takean eight-point lead (58-50) with 5:29 left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With less than aminute left in the game, the Timberwolves were clinging to a seven-point lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deacon sank a three-pointer with 22 seconds left to cut the lead to four(71-67).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the night with 20points, three rebounds and three assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman added 16 points andfive rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza was the third Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat in double-digits in the scoringcolumn with 10 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Sara Bilunes from Northwood had a game-high 27 points.
NMU was 22-52 from the floor for the game for 42.3 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From beyond the three-point line the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 7-22 for 31.8 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At thefree throw line the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 18-21 for 85.7 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Timberwolves hadthe advantage off the glass with 35 rebounds to 26 for the home team.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had10 steals and 14 turnovers.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will finish up the homestand with a game against Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday (Jan. 28).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SaturdayÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s game is Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œPack the PlaceÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚as free tickets are available at Holiday Station Stores in Marquette, Harvey,Negaunee and Ishpeming.
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