Press Box


UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley came out ofthe gates quick against the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in a GLIACshowdown. Ã‚  The Cardinals held an 11-4lead just after a little over three minutes of play.  But, when the dust had settled the Wildcats left UniversityCenter with a 66-57 win over the host team. NMU is now 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the GLIAC.  Saginaw Valley is 4-12 and 0-8.

NMU scored 11 un-answered points in a span of about fourminutes in the first half to take the lead for good at 15-11.  In the first half the Cardinals shot 40.6percent (13-32) from the floor to NMUâ€Ã‚™s 37.1 percent (13-35). The â€Ã‚˜Cats held onto a 31-28 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats largest lead was 12 points in the second half at49-37 with 12:14 left in the game. Over  the course of the lastminute and an half of the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats used a seven to two run to ice thegame.  Down the stretch Emily Samuelsonmade three free throws while Tiffany Grubaugh converted her two for the finalscore.

Samuelson led the â€Ã‚˜Cats with 21 points, six rebounds, threeassists and four steals.  Jessica Nohlhad 15 points, six rebounds, and two blocks. Grubaugh had 10 points on the afternoon.

For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 24-62 from the floor (38.7 percent)as SVSU was 24-68 (35.3 percent).  NMUonly made four of their 19 three-point attempts (21.1 percent) while theCardinals converted two of their eight three-pointers  (25 percent).  From thefree throw line the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 14-20 (70 percent) while the Cardinals wereseven of 18 (38.9 percent).  NMU had a12 rebounds advantage over the Cardinals with 51 rebounds to 39.

NMU will be in action on Monday, Jan. 20 against Finlandiaat 7:00 p.m. in the Berry events Center.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director