Press Box


ST. LEO, Fla. â€Ã‚“The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Ã‚™s basketball team, now 2-0 on theseason,  had a 19 point lead slip awayand were down by four in the second half, but came back to defeat Florida GulfCoast University (0-2), 85-74,  on Sundayin the Sleep Inn Classic at Saint Leo University.

Junior guard Tiffany Grubaugh scored a career-high 34 pointshad four assists and two steals in 38 minutes to lead the Wildcats to victory,while teammate Emily Samuelson, a senior guard, added 17 points, seven assistsand two steals in 38 minutes of action. Grubaugh scored 20 of her points in thefirst half.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats ran to a 19-6 lead just after six minutes of playin the game.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats biggest leadhappened when Joy Kohegyi scored a three-point play to make it 32-13 with alittle more than eight minutes left before half.  After the first 20 minutes of play the â€Ã‚˜Catsheld a 10 point lead at 44-34.

The Eagles took the lead at 54-53 on a pair of free throwswith 12:13 left in the game.  With less than six minutes left in regulationthe Eagles had a four point lead at 66-62. Grubaugh hit a jumper to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead for good at 72-70.  NMU finished the game with a 13-4 run.

Michelle Moard ended the game with 12 points and a team-higheight rebounds. 

For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 28-64 from the floor for 43.8percent.  From the three-point line, theâ€Ã‚˜Cats hit nine of 24 shots for 37.5 percent. NMU took 27 trips to the free throw line and converted 20 throws for74.1 percent.  The Eagles out-reboundedthe â€Ã‚˜Cats on the day by a 33 to 28 count.

NMU now heads back home to face Northland Baptist on Tuesdaynight (Nov. 18) at 7:00 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.