MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Emily Samuelson started the New Year off in a very positive way as shehad a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals inleading the Wildcats to a 73-62 win over NorthlandCollege on Saturday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game was NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s final non-conference gamebefore jumping back into CCHA play this week.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 9-1 on the season and have won their pastfour games in a row.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lumberjills arenow 1-8 on the season with the loss.
Northland kept the game close inthe first half as they actually scored the first basket of the game to take theearly 2-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lumberjills had thelead three times in the first 20 minutes of play with the last lead being,28-27, with left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh made a jumper with 1:25 left in the first half to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catstheir biggest lead at 44-33.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Northland had the game within fivepoints at 61-56 with a little over seven minutes left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats answered with a 12 to five run to make the score 73-61 withunder two minutes left in the game.
Grubaugh was the only other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat toscore in double-digits as she had 18 points and three assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
For the game NMU was 22-53 from thefloor (41.5 percent), 6-17 in three-pointers (35.3 percent) and 23-26 from thefree throw line (88.5 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NorthlandCollege won the boards as they had35 rebounds to NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 33.
NMU will jump back into GLIAC playwith games on Tuesday and Thursday this week. On Tuesday (January 6) the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsface WayneStatebefore playing Hillsdale on Thursday (January 8).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both games will be played at the Berry EventsCenter.