SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NMU womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team traveled across the U.P. on Thursday toface the second place team in the GLIAC North Division the Lake Superior StateLakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers held a slight fourpoint lead at halftime at 46-42 and held on to down the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Thursday night87-72.
With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats havedropped two of their last four games and are 14-3 overall on the season and 6-3in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers improve to 15-3and 8-2 in the conference.
For a span of about four plusminutes in the first half the lead went back and forth a couple of times as theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held a three-point lead three times during that span.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s final three-point lead came at 6:55 of the first half when Tera Opperman madea jumper to make the score 29-26.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At the5:30 mark of the opening half, Tiffany Grubaugh made one of her two free throwsto give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 32-30 lead before the Lakers would tie the game at32-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team controlled thetempo the rest of the half.
NMU had the lead in the second halfwith left in regulation whenEmily Samuelson hit a two-pointer to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 52-51.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over the next four minutes the Lakers scored14 points to the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats one to take the 65-53 lead with under 10 minutes left inthe game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Samuelson led the team on the nightwith 19 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh added 18 pointsas Andrea Brooke had 14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh alsohad a team-high nine rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a teamthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats committed 18 turnovers on the night and only had six assists for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was out-rebounded by 20 as the Lakers had50 rebounds to 30 for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUonly had seven offensive boards for the game as LakeState had 22.
For the game NMU shot 49 percentfrom the floor (25-51), 26.7 percent from the three-point line (4-15) and 62.1percent from the free throw line (18-29).
The second game of the two-gameroad swing will find the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at SaginawValleyStateon Saturday (Jan. 31).