December 18, 2002

'Cats Win First Game On Florida Swing

 

MELBOURNE, Fla. â€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan womenâ€Ã‚™sbasketball team won their first game on their three-game Florida swing with a71-61 victory over Florida Tech on Wednesday afternoon.  With the win the â€Ã‚˜Cats are now 2-4 on theseason as Florida Tech is 5-4.
Neither team shot extremely well from the floor as the â€Ã‚˜Cats shot almost 34percent for the game and Florida Tech shot 31 percent for the game.  The game was tight in the first half as theâ€Ã‚˜Cats held onto a three point lead at 30-27 at the intermission.  The second half was a different story asFlorida Tech built an eight point lead at 49-41 with 11:33 left in thegame.  NMU went on a 10 to one run overa five minute span in the second half to take the lead for good at 53-52 on alay up by Elena Keranen with 5:49 left in the game.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats out-scored Florida Tech the rest of the way by an 18 tonine count. 

Jessica Nohl led the way with 17 points.  She was almost perfect from the line as shewas 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. Keranen went over the 400 rebound mark in her NMU career by grabbing agame-high 18 boards.  She also had 15points. Three other â€Ã‚˜Cats scored in the double-digit column as Michelle Moardand Tiffany Grubaugh both had 11 points and Emily Samuelson had 10 points.  

The â€Ã‚˜Cats had the advantage in total rebounds for the gameat 54 to 46 rebounds.

NMU plays their final game on the Florida swing tomorrownight (Dec. 19) at Eckerd College.

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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