Press Box



MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ Its Valentineâ€Â™s Day and love is in the air at the Berry Events Center, atleast the love of the game for Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketballteam.  The Wildcats now stand 9-4 in the GLIAC and 17-4 overall, afterdefeating the Timberwolves of Northwood University 74-64 on Saturday. 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. 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.  A key three-pointer from NMUâ€Â™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.  Northern Michigan was 35.3 percent from thefloor (12-34), while Northwood shot 46.4 percent (13-28) at the half.


The â€Â˜Cats came out ready for astrong second half by starting the second 20 minutes by scoring the first fivepoints.  A two-point shot from Andrea Brooke at 19:06 started NMUâ€Â™s momentum,putting the score at 37-31. 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.  Northwood made a final effort to narrowthe score, by scoring the final six points of the game.  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 theâ€Â˜Cats finished the game with double-digits in the scoring column.  Grubaugh ledthe way with 18, followed by Samuelson and Brooke each with 17 points.  TeraOpperman capped off the double-digits with 14 for the night.  Emily Belland wasstrong at the boards pulling down a total of 11 rebounds for the team-high.  Samuelsonand Brooke both had seven boards for the game.  NMU shot 44.4 percent from thefloor (24-54) and 44.4 percent from the three point arch (8-18) for the night. The Wildcats were 18-20 from the charity stripe, giving them a percentage of90.


NMU out-rebounded Northwood, 38 to26, in the contest.  NMU as a team dished out 12 assists and had six steals. Samuelson, Grubaugh and Opperman all had three assists each. 


The â€Â˜Cats host their U.P. archrivals, Michigan Tech, in their next game, on Monday, Feb. 16.  Game time isslated for 5:30 p.m.


Prepared By
Kayla Rice