Slow Start for ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats Turns into Win
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ ItwasnÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™t until the second half of the game, that the Northern Michigan UniversitywomenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team took charge to take the win from the Ashland UniversityEagles on Thursday at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final score of the contest was 95-90.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 14-2 overall and 6-2 in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashlandstands at 14-4 and 5-3 in the in the conference.
TheÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats started offslow letting the Eagles lead the whole first twenty minutes of the game. NMUleft the floor at half time trailing 46-41. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU came out in the second half ready to catchup and take the lead for the rest of the game.
NMU quickly narrowed AshlandÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™slead in the first five minutes of the second half. Andrea Brooke closed the gapwith a lay-up at to make thescore 55-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Green and Gold wouldtake the game-turning lead 58-55 at 4:52 with an old fashion three-point playfrom Tiffany Grubaugh. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Grubaugh led NMU in the scoring column for the night with 26points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats finishing in double-digitswere Brooke with 20, Emily Samuelson with 18 and Michelle Moard with 14.
Moard tore up the boards leading the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in rebounds with12 to record her second double-double of the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashland tuned the ball over 23 times for thegame.
As a team, NMU shot 47.2 percent from the floor (34-72).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Behind the three-point arc the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were8-19 (42.1 percent) and were 19-27 from the free throw line (70.4 percent). Theteams were even on the boards as they both ended the game with 38 rebounds.
NMU will be back on the road for their next game as theywill travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Jan. 29, to take on the Lakers of LakeSuperior State.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚