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ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The NMU womenâ€Ã‚™s basketball playedin the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Grand ValleyState University.  The two teams neededan extra five minutes of play as the Lakers won the game by a score of 76-68 toadvance to the semifinals.  With theloss more than likely the â€Ã‚˜Cats season is over at 16-10 overall.  GVSU is now 23-5.

NMU jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first threeminutes of the game.  But the Lakersused a 12-2 run the next three minutes to take the lead back at 12-9.  For the rest of the first half the Lakersheld the lead except for two times that the â€Ã‚˜Cats tied the game.  With less than six minutes left in the firsthalf the Lakers had built a lead of 14 points at 31-17.  NMU finished the first half by going on a12-5 run.  Both teams shot in the 40sfor the first 20 minutes as GVSU was 14-32 (43.8 percent) and NMU was 9-22(40.9 percent). 

GVSU started the second half with a made three-pointer, butthe â€Ã‚˜Cats answered with a lay up by Jessica Nohl at 18:28 to cut the lead toeight points.  For the next four minutesthe â€Ã‚˜Cats would narrow the lead to four points at 49-45 with 14:17 left inregulation. 

Emily Samuelson made a jumper to tie the game at 57-all witha little over eight minutes left in regulation.  Tiffany Grubaugh made a lay up at 5:19 of the second half to givethe â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 63-62.  GVSU tookthe lead once again at 65-63 with 3:36 left. Samuelson made two free throws with 2:25 left in regulation to tie thegame again at 65-all.  Both teams missedshots down the stretch that would have won the game.  But it did not happen so to overtime we go.

NMU scored three points in the extra session on a lay up byNohl and a made free throw by Samuelson. The Lakers ran off 11 points to pick up the win.

Nohl and Samuelson both had 20 points to lead theâ€Ã‚˜Cats.  Elena Keranen probably playingin her final game had 12 points and 12 rebounds.  Julie Zeeff had 22 points for the Lakers.

For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats shot 35.6 percent form the floor(21-59) and 31.3 percent from the three-point line (5-16).  NMU made 21 of their 27 free throw attempts(77.8 percent).  The â€Ã‚˜Cats also won theglass as they had 43 rebounds to the Lakers 39. 





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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director