Wildcats Drop Road Finale
ASHLAND, Ohio Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball squad dropped its sixth game in a row on Monday at Ashland University.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats kept it close as they were only down by two points with 12minutes left in the second half, but in the end the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were on the short endof a 73-62 score.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 6-18 overall and 2-15 in theGreat Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles improve to18-9 and 12-4 respectively.
NMU kept the game close in the first half as Ashland never had a lead bigger than 12 points (24-12).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That was at 9:11 of the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After that point in the half NMU went on a 15-4 run to cut the Eagles lead toone point (28-27) after Tera Opperman connected from beyond the three-pointline with 5:14 left in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ About a minute later after a made basket bythe home team Allison Carroll hit her jumper to have the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats within one onceagain (30-29).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashland finished the half with a 9-4 spurt to end the first 20minutes with a 39-33 lead.
The second half saw the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats tie the game twice within thefirst seven minutes.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But after that time it was all Eagles.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman againconnected from long range to get the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats to within six at 58-52 with abouteight minutes left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Less than two minutes later, AU had a 10-pointlead at 62-52.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles kept a double-digit lead the rest of the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza made a three-pointer for the final basket of the game with lessthan a minute left in the game for the final margin.
Three Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats ended the game in double-digits in the scoringcolumn.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with 17 points for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza ended the40 minutes with 16 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat in double-digits was Carroll with 14points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She also had three steals in 38 minutes of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ohio product AimeeKovinchick playing in her home state led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the boards with sixrebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She also had a team-high three assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Catherine Portyrata led theEagles with 21 point.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lisa Graue grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
For the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 23-56 from the floor for thegame for 41.1 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 9-20 in three-pointers as Opperman (4-8) andKasza (4-8) accounted for eight of the threes.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats shot45.0 percent from beyond the arc.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was a perfect 7-7 from the free throwline.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team had a 19-rebound advantage over the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats (39-20).
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will face Michigan Tech in the season and homefinale on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.