MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Its ValentineÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Day and love is in the air at the Berry Events Center, atleast the love of the game for Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketballteam.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats now stand 9-4 in the GLIAC and 17-4 overall, afterdefeating the Timberwolves of Northwood University 74-64 on Saturday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northwood is 2-13 in the conference and 5-18 overall.
The Wildcats started the firstseven minutes of play with a 13 to seven sprint over the Timberwolves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northwood pulled within one of NMU with a two-point jumper at 1:22 from Anna Trim which made the score 32-31, but that is as close as they would get forthe rest of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A key three-pointer from NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Emily Samuelson with 50seconds left to the end of the first half gave the Wildcats a four-point leadat 35-31 before leaving the floor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan was 35.3 percent from thefloor (12-34), while Northwood shot 46.4 percent (13-28) at the half.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats came out ready for astrong second half by starting the second 20 minutes by scoring the first fivepoints.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A two-point shot from Andrea Brooke at 19:06 started NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s momentum,putting the score at 37-31.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A three-pointer from Tiffany Grubaugh marked an11-point lead for the Wildcats to make the score 64-53 with five minutes leftin regulation. Michelle Moard assisted a lay-up from Brooke to give the Greenand Gold the largest lead of the night, putting the scoreboard at 74-58 withless than two minutes left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northwood made a final effort to narrowthe score, by scoring the final six points of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Timberwolves heldNMU scoreless the final 1:31 of the game, but NMU held onto the lead for the victory.
Four of the five starters for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats finished the game with double-digits in the scoring column.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh ledthe way with 18, followed by Samuelson and Brooke each with 17 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TeraOpperman capped off the double-digits with 14 for the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Emily Belland wasstrong at the boards pulling down a total of 11 rebounds for the team-high.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelsonand Brooke both had seven boards for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot 44.4 percent from thefloor (24-54) and 44.4 percent from the three point arch (8-18) for the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats were 18-20 from the charity stripe, giving them a percentage of90.
NMU out-rebounded Northwood, 38 to26, in the contest.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU as a team dished out 12 assists and had six steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson, Grubaugh and Opperman all had three assists each.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats host their U.P. archrivals, Michigan Tech, in their next game, on Monday, Feb. 16.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Game time isslated for 5:30 p.m.