ERIE, Pa. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team ran into a buzz saw at Gannon University on Saturdayafternoon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Golden Knights defeated the Wildcats by a 73-47 count.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUfalls to 6-14 overall on the season and 2-11 in the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GU is now 10-12 and 5-7 respectively.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held the lead the first five plus minutes of thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After that time it was all home team.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll cut the lead to 10 points at21-11 with 9:19 remaining in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kelsey Deacon connected for athree-pointer at 6:36 to have the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats within nine at 23-14.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home teamhad a 35-23 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The second half the Golden Knights kept a double-digitlead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over the first five minutes of the second stanza the Golden Knights wenton an 11-2 run to make the score 46-25.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deacon again hit from downtown at 6:19to get the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats to within 15 points at 59-44.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That was as close as the teamwould get on the afternoon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GU finished the game with a 14-3 sprint.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Deacon led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with 14 points for the afternoon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shemade three of her six three-point attempts.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deacon added two assists and twosteals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman had 12 points, four rebounds and one steal. GraceFarrell led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜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).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the three-point line, NMU was 7-27 for 25.9 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At thecharity stripe NMU was 8-11 for 72.7 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rebounds were even at 37.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUcommitted 22 turnovers.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are home next week as they will face Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 9) and Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 11).