MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team needed a spark on Tuesday night against Finlandia.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza came off the bench to score a career-high, 25 points, in herseventh game in a Wildcat uniform.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were up 41-36 at the half, butturned it on in the second half for the 87-52 win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are6-1 on the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lions fall to 3-4 on the campaign.
Kasza had eight points after the first 20 minutes of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She was 7-11 from the floor, 4-6 in three-pointers and 7-8 from the line forthe game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She also had seven rebounds, three assists and six steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Finlandia shot a sizzling 63.2 percent from the floor in the first half(12-19).
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats turned the five point lead at halftime into adouble-digit lead at 46-36 when Allison Carroll converted a lay-up with twominutes gone in the second half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU would cruise the rest of the wayextending the lead to as many as 36 points.
For the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 31-76 from the floor (40.8percent), 6-16 from the arc (37.5 percent) and 19-25 (76 percent) from thecharity stripe.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had the advantage on the boards by out-rebounding theLions by 15 at 46-31.
Two other Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were in the double-digit scoring column forÃƒ‚Ã‚ the game as Carroll netted 17 points and Michelle board off the bench had 10.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carrollended the night with a double-double with her 10 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Moard added sevenboards to the stat sheet.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman had six of the teamÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s 21 assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUended the game with 20 steals.
NMU will jump back into GLIAC play this Saturday atNorthwood (Dec. 11).