MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern MichiganUniversity womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team lost its first home game of the season onThursday night against Saginaw Valley State University as the Cardinalsdefeated the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 63-58. The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 13-1 on the season at home, 18-5overall and 10-5 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSU improves to 16-9 overall and 8-8 in theconference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first twominutes of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh put the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats up on the board with a lay-upat 18:07, to make the score 6-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A drive from Tera Opperman at 14:45 would give the Wildcatstheir first lead of the night at 13-11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The lead wasnÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™t held for long asJennifer Hagstrom answered back with two points of her own to tie the score fora second time, 13-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The teams left the floor at half, Saginaw Valley leading Northern Michigan 35-30.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A three-pointer from NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Holly Cole at 13:10 narrowed the margin to 45-40.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A pair of Opperman free throws put the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within one pointat 55-54 at 5:17 of the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bilunes swooshed one of two chances from thecharity stripe at 4:45 left in regulation to make the score 56-54.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hagstrom stepped up to the line at 1:59 for SVSU and sank both freethrows to tie the game at 58-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A pair of free throws from Saginaw ValleyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Kamaria Douglas finalized the scorefor the night at 63-58.
Scoring efforts for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were led by Samuelson with 18points and Grubaugh with 14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Moard was the enforcer under the boards pullingdown a team-high 10 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrea Brooke was right behind Moard with nineboards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheCardinals had 38 rebounds on the night to 36 for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 13rebounds on the offensive glass for the game. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSU committed 25 turnovers onthe night as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 12 steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson led the way with a game-highseven steals and six assists.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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.