Wildcats Fall Short Against The Bulldogs
MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Northern Michigan University had three players in double-digits on Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center, but that was not enough as the Wildcats dropped its fourth game in arow.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost to Ferris State University 92-81.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 6-16overall on the season and 2-13 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs improve to 16-8 and 10-5 respectively.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats enjoyed a brief lead minutes into the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll made a jumper to give the home team the first basket of thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When Kelsey Deacon sank both of her free throw at the 16:23 mark of thefirst half, NMU enjoyed a three-point lead at 11-9.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That would be the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catslargest lead of the game as the Bulldogs then went on an 11-0 run over the nextthree plus minutes to take a 21-11 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU cut the lead to four points onfour occasions and went into the locker room down 46-42 at the intermission.
The Bulldogs built a 13-point lead five minutes into the secondhalf at 62-49.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU gradually cut the lead down to one point (72-71) whenCarroll hit a jumper at 7:40.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs answered with a three-pointerbefore Tera Opperman converted an offensive rebound to make the lead two pointsat 6:07 (75-73).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cassi Rushford and Opperman made back-to-back baskets to keepthe Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats close at 80-78 with less than four minutes left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FSUwent on an 8-0 run to put the game away.
Carroll tied a career-high with 29 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deacon added 23points while Opperman had 13.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll and Opperman both had six rebounds inthe loss.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deacon added five assists to the stats while Opperman added four.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Erin Miller led the Bulldogs with 19 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Six FSU players were indouble-digits.
NMU shot 47.6 percent from the floor (30-63) which included10-31 from the three-point line (32.3 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 11-15 from thecharity stripe for 73.3 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll (5-5) and Deacon (4-4) were bothperfect from the line.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The glass was controlled by the Bulldogs with a 42-29 edge.
NMU will hit the road this week for their final two roadgames of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are at Northwood on Saturday (Feb18) then willtravel into Ohio and face Ashland on Monday night (Feb. 20).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s final homegame is against Michigan Tech on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.