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Wednesday April 24, 2024
OH, SO CLOSE: Wildcat Ladies Fall To #1 Ashand

This story was written by NMU Sports Information. (NMU Photo)

The NMU women's basketball team battled hard against the top-ranked team in the nation in Tuesday, but fell to the defending national champion Ashland (Ohio) University Eagles, 71-60, at the PEIF Gym in Marquette.

Despite leading at multiple points in the game, including the start of the fourth quarter, the Eagles pulled away in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

Makaylee Kuhn had another dominant performance, scoring 23 points with four rebounds and two assists off 9-18 shooting from the field. Ana Rhude was next with eight points and three rebounds, and Mackenzie Holzwart led the team in rebounds with nine. The Wildcats fall to 4-1 on the season, the first loss of the season, and the Eagles improve to 5-0.

Kuhn's 23 points paced all athletes; Zoe Miller from Ashland had 22, Kuhn hit season high's in field goals made and attempted.

The 'Cats shot 22-56 from the field, and 6-19 from deep. The Eagles shot 28-57 from the field, and 11-21 from beyond the arc.

Despite falling by double digits, the 'Cats led the game for a similar amount as the Eagles (NMU led for 17:27, 43.6% of the game; ASU led for 17:43. 44.3%)

The 'Cats overcame the four-point deficit and took a three-point lead just over three minutes into the quarter, but a 21-7 run from the Eagles down the stretch proved to be too much for the 'Cats to claw back from.

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