ERIE, Pa. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ For only the second time this seasonthe NorthernMichiganUniversity womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball teamlost a game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Saturday afternoon theGolden Knights of Gannon snapped the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats seven-game winning streak with a96-88 win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 12-2 overall and4-2 in the GLIAC for the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gannonimproves to 12-5 and 5-2 in the conference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU held a one point lead after thefirst 20 minutes of play with a 46.4 percent shooting from the floor (13-28).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats defense held the Golden Knights to11-39 shooting from the floor in the first half of the game for 28.2percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held a 12 point leadin the first half at 5:42 when Emily Samuelson sank both free throws to makethe score 33-21.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gannon went on an18-to-7 run to end the half.
Gannon scored the first four pointsof the second half to take a 43-40 lead at left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took thelead over and held their largest lead of the half at 54-46 with 15:23 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had their final lead of the game whenSamuelson made a lay-up with left for the 64-62 advantage.
With a 12-to-4 run by the GoldenKnights over a three minute span the lead was now in favor of the home team at74-68 with less than eight minutes left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The closest that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats got the rest ofthe way was three points at 80-77 with a little over four minutes left in thegame.
Michelle Moard and Samuelson bothhad 20 points to lead the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AndreaBrooke added 18 points while Tera Opperman added 11 markers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Moard had a team-high nine rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson added eight rebounds, three assistsand six steals for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 27-59from the floor (45.8 percent), 3-15 in three-pointers (20 percent) and 31-40from the free throw line (77.5 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gannon was held by the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats defense to 38.8 percent shooting from thefloor for the game (31-80).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, theGolden Knights did out-rebound the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 48 rebounds to NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 42.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will continue with theirroad swing with a game at The University of Findlay on Monday night.