MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team wrapped up their final home game of theseason with their second loss in a row.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at one time were 13-0 at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lake Superior State University defeated the Wildcats66-64.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan stands 18-6 overall and 10-6 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lake Superior State UniversityÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s record is at 21-3 overall and 14-2 in conferenceplay.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s only senior Emily Samuelson gave it her all in her last home game,playing the entire 40 minutes of regulation.
Tiffany Grubaugh put the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats up 5-2 with a three-pointshot at 18:34.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats maintained their only lead of the game until15:22, when Laker Hillary Bultema hit a shot from behind the arc, to tie it atseven-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU took the lead at 14:13 left in the half with a two-pointjumper from Becca Johnson.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Slowly Lake Superior began to pull away from theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers went on a 19-8 run to move the score to 26-15 with 8:36 left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A drive from Michele Moard from Samuelson narrowed the gap 25-33at 4:09.
This would be as close as the Northern Michigan would getbefore the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The teams left the floor, with the Lakers in the lead 42-31.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the floor, Northern Michigan was 46.2 percent (12-26) and Lake Superiorwas 45.7 percent (16-35) for the half.
Randi Johnson was sent to the line in the early stages ofthe second half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Making both free throws, Johnson put LSSU up 44-31.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Senior,Samuelson stepped it up for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats netting a three from Tera Opperman at 17:57, to move NMU to 44-34.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson was sent to the line at 12:06 left in regulation and made both free throws, to make the score 50-42.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Coming off of theline, Samuelson would make the steal and go up for the lay-up, cutting the LSSUlead to six, 50-44.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
A jumper from Grubaugh tied the game at 55-all with 5:32 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers sparked a 10-3 run, at 4:56 to go up on the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats65-58.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson stepped up once more for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with a huge three with 37seconds left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The three-point shot put the Green and Gold twopoints down, 66-64.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU called a final timeout for last second strategy.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Withthree ticks left on the clock, the ball was fed inside to Andrea Brook for thelay-up to tie the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Two LSSU defenders broke-up the lay-up and finalizedthe game in their favor.
Samuelson finished her NMU home career with 26 points, sixrebounds, five steals and four assist. Holly Cole was second in the scoringcolumn for the Wildcats with 12 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Belland led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the boardswith a total of eight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
From the field, Northern Michigan was 44.4 percent (24-54)for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats were also 35 percent (7-20) from the three-pointline and 64.3 percent (9-14) from the charity stripe.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU finished the game38.1 percent (24-63) from the floor, 21.7 percent (5-23) from the three-pointline and 65 percent (13-20) from the free throw line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU out-rebounded LSSU inSaturdayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s contest 42 to 37.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Another area that hurt the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the afternoonwas the 23 turnovers committed by NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Wildcats will be on the road for their final two gamesof the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first stop is in Big Rapids, where they will take on Ferris State, Thursday, Feb. 26.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚