MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Kelsey DeaconÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s career-high29 points was not enough for the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™sbasketball team on Thursday night at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcatsdropped their third game in a row and eighth of the last nine with the 100-77setback against the Lake Superior State University Lakers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 6-15 overall and 2-12 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers improve to 18-5 and 10-5 respectively.
NMU was down six points after the first 20 minutes of play(44-38).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats actually scored the first five points of the game as CassiRushford made a lay-up which was followed by a three-point play from Deacon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team had another five-point lead at 11:42 in the first half whenDeacon connected from long range for a three-pointer (21-16).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s final leadof the first half was at 31-30 with 3:55 left on the clock after AllisonCarroll made one of her two free throws.
The second half was all Lakers as they build a 27-point leadand never looked back.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had the Lakers lead cut down to under 15 points inthe early stages of the half, but could not get any closer.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deacon scored 11of her game-high points in the second half.
NMU was 26-58 from the floor for 44.8 percent for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 7-18 from the three-point line (38.9 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the freethrow line the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats missed two throws in 20 attempts (90 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakerswon the battle of the boards with a 39-26 advantage.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU turned the ball over21 times for the game.
Deacon was 8-13 from the floor, 4-7 in threeÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s and 9-9 fromthe free throw line.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll was the only other Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat in double-digits as sheended the game with 12 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Aimee Kovinchick had a team-high fiverebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Becky Marquardt-King led the Lakers with 27 points and six rebounds.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are back in action at the Berry Events Center for a Saturday morning, Feb. 11, contest (11 a.m.) against the Ferris StateUniversity Bulldogs.Ãƒ‚Ã‚