ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kelsey Deacon made a lay-up with two ticks left in regulation to give the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team its first win of the season (1-0). The Wildcats defeated Concordia University at the Wildwood Lodge Tip-Off Classic by a score of 54-53. Concordia falls to 0-2 on the season.
Cassi Rushford connected on one of her two free throw attempts with 38 second left in the game and the ‘Cats trailing by one (53-52). Concordia missed a lay-up with 12 seconds left in the game as Cassie Hegbloom grabbed the defensive rebound. After a timeout Deacon connected for the lay-up. She ended the game with seven points, four rebounds and three assists.
The game was tied at 33-all after the first 20 minutes of play. NMU shot 41.9 percent from the floor in the first half (13-31). The ‘Cats made half of its three-pointers (4-8) and free throws (3-6) in the half. The second half the ‘Cats cooled off a bit as they shot 26.9 percent from the floor (7-26). For the game the ‘Cats shot 35.1 percent (20-57). NMU only made one three-pointer in the second half and made five for the game in 13 attempts (38.5 percent). From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 9-14 for the game (64.3 percent) after going 6-8 in the second half.
Allison Carroll led NMU with 12 points. Hegbloom had eight boards to pace the ‘Cats. Concordia had two players in double-figures in the scoring column as Jamie Jones had 14 points while teammate Amanda Behnke added 12. NMU won the team battle along the boards at 47-42.
The ‘Cats will face MSU-Moorhead tomorrow (Nov. 18) at the classic.
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