ERIE, Pa. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NorthernMichiganUniversitywomenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team held the Mercyhurst Lakers to 39 points and 22.6percent from the floor for the game on Thursday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats ran their record to 12-1 overalland 4-1 in the GLIAC with a 71-39 win over the Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mercyhurst is now 0-13 and 0-6 in theconference.
NMU held the lead almost the entiregame as the two teams were tied at two-all a little over a minute into thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From that point the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsgradually built their lead to 21-6 on an Emily Belland lay-up with 7:43 left in the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held Mercyhurst to a 33-14 score in thefirst half as the Lakers were 4-21 from the floor for 19 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 15-37 from the floor in thefirst 20 minutes for 40.5 percent.
The second half was all ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats astheir biggest lead of the game came at 71-34 when Michelle Moard converted athree-point play the old fashion way with a basket and a made free throw.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 16-31 in the second half from thefloor for 51.6 percent while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held the Lakers to 8-32 for 25 percentfor the half.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 31-68for 45.6 percent form the floor, but only 3-19 in three-pointers (15.8 percent)and were 6-9 from the charity line (66.7 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The NMU defense held the Lakers to 22.6percent shooting from the floor for the game as the Lakers were 12-53 and 3-21from the arc (14.3 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsheld a 14 rebounds advantage over the Lakers as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 49 boards for thegame to 35 for the home team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Bellandled the way with a career-high 16 points and six rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She was 8-9 from the floor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Moard had 13 points off the bench to go alongwith her six rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Emily Samuelsonhad 12 points, eight assists and four steals for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh had a double-double with 12points and 10 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh hadseven of the 21 assists that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had for the game.
The NMU defense caused the Lakersto turn the ball over 20 times for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 15 steals for the game as Tera Opperman also had four steals.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats continue with their stayin Erie, Pa.as they will take on Gannon on Saturday, before playing at The University ofFindlay on Monday.