MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Winning at home is sweet, butbeating a rival at home is even sweeter!ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sbasketball team defeated Michigan Tech University for the first time this yearon Monday night at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They sealed the victory with ascore of 68-60.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan is now 10-4 in the GLIAC and 18-4 overall.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Michigan Tech now stands 8-6 in conference play and 13-9 overall.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This victoryfor the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats also marks Mike GearyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 400th career win as a headcoach.
Michigan Tech came out scoring the first basket of the nightnine seconds into the game with a jumper from Randi Miller.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A three-point shotfrom NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Emily Samuelson at 19:02 pushed the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats into the lead 3-2 andsparked a lead that the Wildcats would hold until 5:41 left in the half. An assisted two-pointer from Chelsey MacNeill to Jennifer Swanson would giveMTU the advantage 27-26.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan would keep it close holding theHuskies scoreless for the last two minutes and thirty seconds of the firsthalf.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The teams left the floor with a score of 37-33 in favor of the visitorsfrom Houghton.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At the intermission NMU was shooting 52.4 percent from thefloor (11-21) and MTU was at 43.2 percent from the field (16-37).
A break-a-way lay-up from Samuelson at 19:55 would ignite the scoring for the Green and Gold in the second half, putting the scoreboard at37-35.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After one made free throw from MTUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Andrea Novak at 19:31, the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held the Huskies scoreless for a span of five minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU would then take theirfirst lead at 39-38 of the half at 14:55 with a lay-up from Tera Opperman.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thelead would switch back to the Huskies at 40-39 with 14:34 left in regulation with a lay-up from Swanson.
Another Samuelson three-pointer at 13:09 would key the lead for NMU for the rest of the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies tried closing in on theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at 2:46 left in the game with at lay-up from Novak narrowing the gap to59-57.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A lay-up by Emily Belland and a jumper by Grubaugh gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the leadat 63-57 with under a minute left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies made athree-pointer from Novak with 33 ticks left on the clock to narrow the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catslead to 65-60.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But made free throws from Samuelson and Opperman sealed the winfor the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night.
Three ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats scored in double-digits on the night as Samuelsonled the way with 23 points and nine rebounds, just missing a double-double forthe night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson added six assists and one steal in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaughfollowed with 12 points and Opperman added 11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The rebounds were even at37-all, but the offensive advantage went to the Huskies and the defensiveboards went to NMU.
Northern Michigan shot 48.9 percent (23-47) from the field,50 percent (6-12) from the three-point arc and 76.2 percent (16-21) from thefree throw line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Michigan Tech finished the game 35.3 percent from the floor(24-68), 27.8 (5-18) percent from the three-point line and 63.6 percent (7-11) fromthe charity stripe.
The Cats have two games left on their six-game homestand as theface Saginaw Valley on Thursday night (Feb. 29) 5:30 p.m.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will concludethe home portion of the regular season on Saturday (Feb. 21) against Lake Superior State.