ERIE, Pa. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Allison Carroll was the loneWildcat on Thursday to score in double-digits as the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team dropped its first game of the two-game Erie swing with a 56-50 setback at Mercyhurst College.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU falls to 6-13 overall on theseason and 2-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers are now 7-14 and 3-8 respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The first seven minutes of the first half was rough for theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kelsey Deacon then made one ofher two free throws to get NMU within two at 19-17 with a little over threeminutes left.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll then tied the game with a jumper at 19-all beforeDanicia Braun canned a jumper of her own to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats their first lead ofthe game at 21-19 with 53 seconds left in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers converted athree-point play right before intermission (22-21) for the lead.
The second half saw the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats tie the score at 27 when AimeeKovinchick sank both of her free throws about three minutes into the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a brief lead at 30-27 when she hit from long rangeat 16:30.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers would regain the lead at 15:25 and keep it for the restof the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home teamfinished the game with a 6-2 run.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Carroll ended the game with 24 points, five rebounds andfour steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the boards with seven rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ JulieAnderson led the Lakers with 18 points and nine rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the three-point line the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats only made four of its15 attempts (26.7 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot 72.7 percent from the free throw line on16-22.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had 35 total rebounds which was five less than the Lakers (40).Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will move cross town on Saturday (Feb. 4) afternoonand face Gannon University.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚
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