January 20, 2003

'Cats Need Extra Time To Defeat Finlandia

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The shot heard around the U.P. onMonday night was from the Berry Events Center on the campus of NorthernMichigan University and the shooter was Debbie Wesa from the Finlandia womenâ€Ã‚™sbasketball team. She hit a three-pointer at the buzzer of regulation to sendthe game with the NMU womenâ€Ã‚™s basketball team into overtime.  The score at that point of the game was 73all.  In the extra session the Wildcatsscored 14 points to the Lions eight to take the game 87-81.  With the non-conference win the Wildcats arenow 9-6 on the season.  Finlandia is now14-9.  The Lions were looking for theirfirst win ever against the Wildcats on Monday night.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats held a three point lead at the half (39-36).  In the second half NMUâ€Ã‚™s biggest lead waseight points, which they had four times. With about four minutes left in the game the Lions made their move asthey went on a 13 to seven run to finish the game in regulation.  Beth Koski made a lay up with 1:09 left inregulation to narrow the score to 71-70. Tiffany Grubaugh of NMU made two free throws with nine seconds left inregulation to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats a three point cushion at 73-70.  But the Lions came down court and Wesa hitthe three to send the game to OT. 

In the extra period the Lions held the lead at 77-75 with3:01 left in overtime.  Jessica Nohltied the game at 77 with a lay up at 2:48 of the overtime period.  NMU controlled the game the rest of the wayby putting it away with a 10 to four run. 

Elena Keranen scored a career-high 25 points in the win onMonday night.  She also led the teamwith 14 rebounds.  Keranen was 10-18from the floor, which included three of four in three-pointers and made both ofher free throw attempts.  Grubaugh had23 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Nohl had 15 points while Emily Samuelson chipped in with 10markers.  Delsie Luokkala led the Lionswith 24 points.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats shot 42.5 percent from the field (31-73) whileFinlandia was shooting 43.9 percent (29-66). The Lions made three more three-pointers than the â€Ã‚˜Cats on thenight.  The Lions were 8-27 from behindthe arch (29.6 percent) while the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 5-14 (35.7 percent).  NMU made their free throws when it countedon Monday night, as they were almost perfect at 20-22 (90.9 percent) while theLions were 15-19 from the charity stripe (78.9 percent).  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had the height advantage and itshowed on the boards as they had 12 more rebounds than the Lions at 47 to 35rebounds.  NMU had 17 offensive boardsin the win.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats are back in GLIAC play on Thursday (Jan. 23) at5:30 p.m. against Northwood at the Berry Events Center.

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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