December 4, 2003

'Cats Drop GLIAC Opener

 

HOUGHTON, Mich. â€Ã‚“ When Northern Michiganand Michigan Tech get together anything can happen and it usually does.  On Thursday night at the SDC on the MichiganTech campus the Huskies held off the Wildcats by a 66-60 score.  It was the opening GLIAC game for both teamsas NMU is now 5-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.  Tech improves to 5-1 and 1-0.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats were down by 17 points at the half, 38-21, plusthe squad had 14 turnovers after the first 20 minutes of play.  Tech was shooting 50 percent from the floorin the first half as the â€Ã‚˜Cats were only 9-27 (33.3 percent) and 1-9 inthree-pointers (11.1 percent).  The â€Ã‚˜Catswent to the free throw line twice in the first half and made both throws.   Ã‚ 

The â€Ã‚˜Cats went on an 18 to six run in the first seven plusminutes of the second half to narrow the gap to 44-39.  But, the â€Ã‚˜Cats could not hold thesingle-digit lead as the Huskies built the lead back up again over the nextfour minutes of play.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats wouldnot fold; Tiffany Grubaugh made a lay up with 5:30left in the game to get the squad to within nine at 56-47.

Tech held the â€Ã‚˜Cats off until with less than a minute leftin regulation, Andrea Brooke made it 60-58 with a lay up.  The Huskies made a jumper at the shot clockbuzzer to take extend their lead to 62-58. Brooke made another lay up with 12 seconds left in the game, but it wasnot enough as the â€Ã‚˜Cats had to foul and the Huskies answered with four freethrows with less than 10 seconds left in the game.  Brooke ended the game with a team-high 19points and seven rebounds.

The second half the â€Ã‚˜Cats just committed one turnover andshot over 40 percent from the floor (15-37). For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 24-64 from the floor (37.5 percent).  NMU was only 15 percent for the game from three-pointland (3-20).  From the free throw linethe â€Ã‚˜Cats were 9-14 for 64.3 percent. The Huskies won the rebounding on the night with 46 boards to the â€Ã‚˜Cats38.

Tera Opperman came off the bench to contribute 16 points andfive rebounds.   Michelle Moard also had seven rebounds on thenight. 

The â€Ã‚˜Cats will be in action next on December 13 atNorthwood.