Press Box

NMU Loses Second in a Row


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team wrapped up their final home game of theseason with their second loss in a row.  The â€Â˜Cats at one time were 13-0 at the Berry Events Center.  Lake Superior State University defeated the Wildcats66-64.  Northern Michigan stands 18-6 overall and 10-6 in the GLIAC.  Lake Superior State Universityâ€Â™s record is at 21-3 overall and 14-2 in conferenceplay.  NMUâ€Â™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 â€Â˜Cats up 5-2 with a three-pointshot at 18:34.  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.  LSSU took the lead at 14:13 left in the half with a two-pointjumper from Becca Johnson.  Slowly Lake Superior began to pull away from theâ€Â˜Cats. Ã‚  The Lakers went on a 19-8 run to move the score to 26-15 with 8:36 left in the half.  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.  The teams left the floor, with the Lakers in the lead 42-31. 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.  Making both free throws, Johnson put LSSU up 44-31.  Senior,Samuelson stepped it up for the â€Â˜Cats netting a three from Tera Opperman at 17:57, to move NMU to 44-34.  Samuelson was sent to the line at 12:06 left in regulation and made both free throws, to make the score 50-42. Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Coming off of theline, Samuelson would make the steal and go up for the lay-up, cutting the LSSUlead to six, 50-44. 


A jumper from Grubaugh tied the game at 55-all with 5:32 left in the game.  The Lakers sparked a 10-3 run, at 4:56 to go up on the â€Â˜Cats65-58.  Samuelson stepped up once more for the â€Â˜Cats with a huge three with 37seconds left in the game.  The three-point shot put the Green and Gold twopoints down, 66-64. 


NMU called a final timeout for last second strategy.  Withthree ticks left on the clock, the ball was fed inside to Andrea Brook for thelay-up to tie the game.  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.  Belland led the â€Â˜Cats on the boardswith a total of eight. 


From the field, Northern Michigan was 44.4 percent (24-54)for the game.  The Wildcats were also 35 percent (7-20) from the three-pointline and 64.3 percent (9-14) from the charity stripe.  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.  NMU out-rebounded LSSU inSaturdayâ€Â™s contest 42 to 37.  Another area that hurt the â€Â˜Cats on the afternoonwas the 23 turnovers committed by NMU. 



The Wildcats will be on the road for their final two gamesof the season.  The first stop is in Big Rapids, where they will take on Ferris State, Thursday, Feb. 26. 


Prepared By
Kayla Rice