MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ With a five-game losingstreak on the line, senior Tera Opperman took control of the game on Saturdayafternoon at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman scored a career-high 27 pointsas she connected on 7-14 three-pointers as the Wildcats took care of theCardinals of Saginaw Valley State University, 77-76.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman made a freethrow with one tick left on the clock for the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats arenow 6-12 overall and 2-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinals fall to 7-13 and 4-7 respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Opperman only had eight points after the first 20 minutes ofaction.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSU held the lead the entire first half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats cut the lead toone point when Maria Kasza connected from long range to make the score 24-23with 7:52 left in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinals would go into the intermission withan 11-point advantage at 46-35.
The second half saw the Cardinals build a 16-point leadbefore the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats made their move.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSU had a nine-point lead with 6:41 left inthe game (66-57). Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over a span of a little more than a minute Oppermanconnected from the three-point line for three in a row to cut to lead to one at72-71 with 3:28 left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Danicia Braun made both of her free throwswith 3:08 left to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the first lead of the game at 73-72.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSUtook the lead again before Braun sank two more free throws to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catsthe lead once again at 75-74 with 2:37 showing on the clock.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The CardinalsKali Briggs made a lay-up and was fouled on the play, but she missed her freethrow with five seconds left and the score 76-all.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Allison Carroll and Kasza each had 10 points on the day.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza added seven rebounds and three assists in the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman added to herpoints with five rebounds, five assists and a steal.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Briggs led the Cardinalswith a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 24-55 from the floor for 43.6 percent for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinals shot 51.6 percent for the game (32-62).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the three-pointline the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 13-35 for 37.1 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU attempted 23 free throws andmade 16 for 69.6 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was out rebounded by 10 as the Cardinals had 38for the game to 28 for the home team.
NMU hits the road this week to take on the Erie, Pa. schools Mercyhurst and Gannon.