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NMU Loses First Home Game of the Year


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern MichiganUniversity womenâ€Â™s basketball team lost its first home game of the season onThursday night against Saginaw Valley State University as the Cardinalsdefeated the â€Â˜Cats 63-58. The â€Â˜Cats are now 13-1 on the season at home, 18-5overall and 10-5 in the GLIAC.  SVSU improves to 16-9 overall and 8-8 in theconference.   Ã‚ 


The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first twominutes of the game.  Tiffany Grubaugh put the â€Â˜Cats up on the board with a lay-upat 18:07, to make the score 6-2.  NMU worked its way back into the game andtied it at 11-all with a two-point jumper from Emily Samuelson at 15:06 of the first half.  A drive from Tera Opperman at 14:45 would give the Wildcatstheir first lead of the night at 13-11.  The lead wasnâ€Â™t held for long asJennifer Hagstrom answered back with two points of her own to tie the score fora second time, 13-all.  SVSU took control of the scoreboard for the rest of thehalf at 13:35 with a lay-up from Valerie Smith to give the Cardinals the leadat 15-13.  The teams left the floor at half, Saginaw Valley leading Northern Michigan 35-30.  NMU was 36.7 percent (11-30) from the floor at the break andSVSU was shooting 50 percent (13-26).


Sara Bilunes sank two free throws for the Cards at 18:20 of the second half to start the scoring and moved the score to 37-30 in favor of thevisitors.  A three-pointer from NMUâ€Â™s Holly Cole at 13:10 narrowed the margin to 45-40.  A pair of Opperman free throws put the â€Â˜Cats within one pointat 55-54 at 5:17 of the half.  Bilunes swooshed one of two chances from thecharity stripe at 4:45 left in regulation to make the score 56-54.  Samuelsontied the score at 56-all with a steal and a lay-up at 3:59. Free throws from Samuelson at 3:22 would give the Green and Gold its final lead of the nightat 58-56.  Hagstrom stepped up to the line at 1:59 for SVSU and sank both freethrows to tie the game at 58-all. Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 


With 41 ticks left in the game, Jennifer Brogger wouldswoosh the winning three-pointer for SVSU to take the lead for good at 61-58. A pair of free throws from Saginaw Valleyâ€Â™s Kamaria Douglas finalized the scorefor the night at 63-58.


Scoring efforts for the â€Â˜Cats were led by Samuelson with 18points and Grubaugh with 14.  Moard was the enforcer under the boards pullingdown a team-high 10 rebounds.  Andrea Brooke was right behind Moard with nineboards. Ã‚  NMU shot 31 percent (18-58) from the floor, 26.1 percent (6-23)behind the three point arc and 76.2 percent (16-21) from the free throw line. SVSU was 44.9 percent (22-49) from the field, 53.3 percent (8-15) from thethree-point mark and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the charity stripe.  TheCardinals had 38 rebounds on the night to 36 for the â€Â˜Cats.  NMU had 13rebounds on the offensive glass for the game.  SVSU committed 25 turnovers onthe night as the â€Â˜Cats had 12 steals.  Samuelson led the way with a game-highseven steals and six assists.


The â€Â˜Cats face Lake Superior State University at the Berry Events Center on Saturday (Feb. 21) for the final home regular season game for the2003-04 campaign at 1:00 p.m.


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Kayla Rice