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Miners fall to St. Francis’ run

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The loss drops NU (21-4 overall, 7-2 Metro League) behind league-leading Kennedy, whose only Metro League loss this year was to St. Francis. The Troubadours (21-5, 8-2) keep their league-title hopes alive with the win.

“Not to take anything away from St. Francis, but we didn’t play with our usual enthusiasm for most of the game,” NU coach Craig Strohm said. “We didn’t shoot free throws or the three-point shot well.”

NU made 10-of-20 free throw attempts and 5-of-17 three point attempts Friday. St. Francis made 18-of-27 free throws, and forced NU into 23 turnovers on the night.

The Troubadours led by six points going into the fourth quarter. NU closed that advantage to 42-39 on one of four treys by Mackenzie Murphey with 5:15 left in the game. Murphey, who finished with 12 points, was the only Miner to reach double figure scoring Friday.

St. Francis responded to Murphey’s final trey of the night with a run fueled by Miner turnovers. Amy Flores hit two baskets, one off a steal, and Melissa King added another basket off a steal and a free throw to rebuild the Troubadours’ lead to 49-39 with 3:24 left.

NU managed to close that to six points on a close-range basket by Mae Valdes with 1:38 left. Later, NU chipped the deficit to four on a Nicole Sheets trey with 42 seconds left and an Emma Kite basket with 23 seconds left. But St. Francis front line player Pitton converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to keep the Miners from fouling their way back into the game.

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