January 17, 2004

'Cats Seven-game Winning Streak Snapped


ERIE, Pa. â€Â“ For only the second time this seasonthe Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball teamlost a game.  Saturday afternoon theGolden Knights of Gannon snapped the â€Â˜Cats seven-game winning streak with a96-88 win.  NMU is now 12-2 overall and4-2 in the GLIAC for the season.  Gannonimproves to 12-5 and 5-2 in the conference. 

NMU held a one point lead after thefirst 20 minutes of play with a 46.4 percent shooting from the floor (13-28).  The â€Â˜Cats defense held the Golden Knights to11-39 shooting from the floor in the first half of the game for 28.2percent.  The â€Â˜Cats held a 12 point leadin the first half at 5:42 when Emily Samuelson sank both free throws to makethe score 33-21.  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 18:30left in the game.  The â€Â˜Cats took thelead over and held their largest lead of the half at 54-46 with 15:23 left in the game.  NMU had their final lead of the game whenSamuelson made a lay-up with 10:26left 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.  The closest that the â€Â˜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 â€Â˜Cats.  AndreaBrooke added 18 points while Tera Opperman added 11 markers.  Moard had a team-high nine rebounds.  Samuelson added eight rebounds, three assistsand six steals for the â€Â˜Cats.

For the game the â€Â˜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). Gannon was held by the â€Â˜Cats defense to 38.8 percent shooting from thefloor for the game (31-80).  But, theGolden Knights did out-rebound the â€Â˜Cats with 48 rebounds to NMUâ€Â™s 42. 

The â€Â˜Cats will continue with theirroad swing with a game at The University of Findlay on Monday night.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director