ERIE, Pa. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team ran into a buzz saw at Gannon University on Saturdayafternoon.  The Golden Knights defeated the Wildcats by a 73-47 count.  NMUfalls to 6-14 overall on the season and 2-11 in the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference (GLIAC).  GU is now 10-12 and 5-7 respectively.


The â€Â˜Cats held the lead the first five plus minutes of thegame.  After that time it was all home team.  After taking a 7-6 lead at 13:38of the first half the Golden Knights went on a 13-0 run over the next threeminutes to lead the game 20-6.  Allison Carroll cut the lead to 10 points at21-11 with 9:19 remaining in the half.  Kelsey Deacon connected for athree-pointer at 6:36 to have the â€Â˜Cats within nine at 23-14.  The home teamhad a 35-23 lead after 20 minutes of play.


The second half the Golden Knights kept a double-digitlead.  Over the first five minutes of the second stanza the Golden Knights wenton an 11-2 run to make the score 46-25.  Deacon again hit from downtown at 6:19to get the â€Â˜Cats to within 15 points at 59-44.  That was as close as the teamwould get on the afternoon.  GU finished the game with a 14-3 sprint. 


Deacon led the â€Â˜Cats with 14 points for the afternoon.  Shemade three of her six three-point attempts.  Deacon added two assists and twosteals.  Tera Opperman had 12 points, four rebounds and one steal. GraceFarrell led the â€Â˜Cats with seven rebounds. Abby Bunstine led the Golden Knightswith 18 points.


NMU only shot 29.1 percent from the floor for the game(16-55).  From the three-point line, NMU was 7-27 for 25.9 percent.  At thecharity stripe NMU was 8-11 for 72.7 percent.  Rebounds were even at 37.  NMUcommitted 22 turnovers.


The â€Â˜Cats are home next week as they will face Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 9) and Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 11).






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director