Women’s team dropped by Chargers

carson.lemahieu

                The Wildcat women’s basketball team continued their in-conference struggles Sunday, losing at home to the Hillsdale Chargers by a score of 65-46.

                Hillsdale (13-3 overall, 6-2 GLIAC) are the current leaders in the South Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

                “We knew coming in that we were going to be playing a real good team.  If you like basketball and really truly understand it, then it’s fun to watch Hillsdale play,” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said.  “It’s just not a lot of fun to sit and have to watch them play against you.”

                The ’Cats were led by senior forward Allison Carroll who scored 13 points in the game; junior Kelsey Deacon also scored in double figures, adding ten points in the losing effort.  Senior LaShawn Lambert contributed nine second half points coming off the bench.

                Hillsdale was led by the GLIAC’s leading scorer, Katie Cezat, who came into the game averaging 20.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.  The Wildcats had trouble stopping Cezat who bested her season average at the Berry Events Center, recording 27 points and 14 rebounds in the contest.

                “She’s a great player and we had a lot of trouble with her today.  But, we missed a lot of easy shots, a lot of lay-ups,” Lambert said.  “If we would have made those shots, we could have had a win today.”

                The Wildcats appeared to have trouble adjusting to the Chargers early in the game, as Hillsdale built an early 16-3 advantage on the way to a 31-17 halftime lead.  The ’Cats were hampered once again by poor shooting in the first half – shooting only 18.8 percent from the field.

                “We just couldn’t hit open shots,” sophomore guard Natalie Larocque said. “This was one of those days – one of those weekends – where nothing was falling for us.”

                The Wildcats turned up their play in the second half, scoring 29 points while shooting 35.5 percent from the field, but failed to close the gap.

                “I think we played well.  If you look at the stats, we had more offensive rebounds than them, we took care of the ball pretty well…,and we defended fairly well,” Mattson said.

                The ’Cats are back in action next week as they host a pair of GLIAC games at the Berry Event Center. NMU takes on Ferris State on Thursday followed by Findlay on Saturday.

                “We have to make shots when we get open under the basket,” Mattson said.  “We haven’t done it for two games straight.”

BOX SCORE

Hillsdale College vs Northern Michigan University
1/20/08 2 p.m. at Marquette, Mich.
HILLSDALE COLLEGE 65, NORTHERN MICHIGAN 
UNIVERSITY 46
HILLSDALE COLLEGE (13-3, 6-2 GLIAC) Katie Cezat 12-17 
3-3 27; Janay Miller 5-9 4-4 14; Julie Slot 5-9 2-3 13;
Claire Aubrey 2-7 2-2 6; Brooke Knight 2-8 0-0 4; Kara
McCormick 0-3 1-2 1; Laura Barczak 0-0 0-0 0; Katie
Eckinger 0-1 0-0 0; Kayla Whitmyer 0-0 0-0 0; Tara Burgett
 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 12-14 65.
 NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (7-10, 2-7 GLIAC) 
Allison Carroll 4-12 5-6 13; Kelsey Deacon 4-14 0-0 10;
LaShawn Lambert 3-7 3-3 9; Cassie Hegbloom 2-6 1-2 5;
Steffani Stoeger 2-10 0-0 4; Cassi Rushford 1-1 1-2 3;
Kellie Rietveld 1-8 0-0 2; Erin Powers 0-0 0-0 0; Hillary
Bowling 0-2 0-0 0; Angie Leckson 0-2 0-0 0; Natalie
Larocque 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-63 10-13 46.

Hillsdale College.............   31   34  -   65
Northern Michigan University..   17   29  -   46
3-point goals--Hillsdale College 1-9 (Julie Slot 1-3; Claire
Aubrey 0-2; Brooke Knight 0-2; Kara McCormick 0-1;
Katie Eckinger 0-1), Northern Michigan University 2-13
(Kelsey Deacon 2-9; Steffani Stoeger 0-2; Kellie Rietveld
0-1; Natalie Larocque 0-1).
Fouled out--Hillsdale College-None, Northern Michigan 
University-None.
Rebounds--Hillsdale College 42 (Katie Cezat 14), 
Northern Michigan University 35 (Cassie Hegbloom 7).
Assists--Hillsdale College 20 (Julie Slot 5; Brooke Knight 
5; Katie Cezat 5), Northern Michigan University 6 (Hillary Bowling 2).
Total fouls--Hillsdale College 15, Northern Michigan 
University 15.
Technical fouls--Hillsdale College-None, Northern 
Michigan University-None.
Attendance - 204