Press Box


ERIE, Pa. â€Â“ Allison Carroll was the loneWildcat on Thursday to score in double-digits as the Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team dropped its first game of the two-game Erie swing with a 56-50 setback at Mercyhurst College.  NMU falls to 6-13 overall on theseason and 2-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(GLIAC).  The Lakers are now 7-14 and 3-8 respectively. 


The first seven minutes of the first half was rough for theâ€Â˜Cats as they had an eight-point deficit. Carroll hit a jumper with 3:41 leftin the half to cut the Lakers lead to 19-16.  Kelsey Deacon then made one ofher two free throws to get NMU within two at 19-17 with a little over threeminutes left.  Carroll then tied the game with a jumper at 19-all beforeDanicia Braun canned a jumper of her own to give the â€Â˜Cats their first lead ofthe game at 21-19 with 53 seconds left in the half.  The Lakers converted athree-point play right before intermission (22-21) for the lead.


The second half saw the â€Â˜Cats tie the score at 27 when AimeeKovinchick sank both of her free throws about three minutes into the half. Maria Kasza gave the â€Â˜Cats a brief lead at 30-27 when she hit from long rangeat 16:30.  The Lakers would regain the lead at 15:25 and keep it for the restof the game.  NMU did cut the lead to two at 50-48 when Tera Opperman hit herown three-pointer with less than three minutes left in the game.  The home teamfinished the game with a 6-2 run. 


Carroll ended the game with 24 points, five rebounds andfour steals.  Kasza led the â€Â˜Cats on the boards with seven rebounds.  JulieAnderson led the Lakers with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Opperman had eightassists, five rebounds and two steals for NMU.


NMU shot a little over 30 percent (30.6) for the game fromthe floor (15-49).  From the three-point line the â€Â˜Cats only made four of its15 attempts (26.7 percent).  NMU shot 72.7 percent from the free throw line on16-22.  The â€Â˜Cats had 35 total rebounds which was five less than the Lakers (40). 


The â€Â˜Cats will move cross town on Saturday (Feb. 4) afternoonand face Gannon University. Ã‚ Ã‚ 



 Ã‚ Ã‚ 

Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director