Saturday, December 8, 2012

Back after layoff, North Central College loses close one to Lake Forest

After more than a week off, the NCAA Division III women's team at North Central College got back on the court Friday night. Unfortunately, its three-game winning streak ended on the road.

Lake Forest had six players reach double figures and beat the Cardinals 88-83 in game tight almost from the start. The Foresters led almost the entire second half, yet struggled to put away the team coached by Michelle Roof and System guru Doug Porter.

Lauren Hernandez made 4 3-pointers and scored 14 points for North Central (4-3), and Larynn Shumaker (12 points) and Maryssa Cladis (10) also reached double figures. The Cardinals finished 25-of-88 from the field, 12-for-51 on 3s, and had 25 turnovers. They did a much better job on the offensive glass, corralling 42 percent of their own misses.

North Central returns home Wednesday to play Milwaukee School of Engineering, with the tip scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST. Let's hope the Cardinals start another winning streak.

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