'Cats Pull Away From Lakers In The Second Half
Marquette, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team made up for their two-game losing streak,Thursday night after defeating Grand Valley State University 74-58 at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 15-4 overall and 7-4 in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grand Valley is 9-10 and 6-5 in the conference after the loss.
The first seven minutes of the game went back and forth asboth teams fought for the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A lay-up from Tiffany Grubaugh at 12:59 gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the advantage at 13-11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The biggest lead of the first half came whenAndrea Brooke made an old fashioned three-point play with 3:30 left in the halfto give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 33-23 advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held the lead for the rest of thehalf, but barely as both teams would head to the locker rooms at 35-33.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUdominated from the floor shooting 54.5 percent, while the Wildcat defense heldGVSU to 33.3 percent.
The start of the second half was also a battle for bothteams, as the lead toggled back and forth for the first five minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took a 10-point lead, 49-39, on a three-pointer by Holly Cole at 11:50 of the second half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With less than two minutes left in the game Emily Samuelsonsank two free throws to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 72-54 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Wildcats held GVSU to 20.8 percent shooting from thefloor in the second half, giving them a shooting percent of 28.1 (16-57) forthe game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot 52.1 percent (25-48) from the wood for the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Not onlywould NMU dominate in shots from the floor, but they would also tally 14 stealsfor the night over Grand ValleyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s eight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan shot 68 percent(17-25) from the free throw line and 50 percent from behind the arc (7-14).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats did lose the battle on the boards with 31 rebounds to the Lakers 39.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Grubaugh led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the scoring column for the nightbanking 24 points and dishing out a game-high six assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cole pitched in 12points along with Samuelson topping off double-digits for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 10points. Andrea Brooke pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
NMU will host the Ferris State University Bulldogs on PackThe Place on Sunday (Feb. 8) at 1:00 p.m.