BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Tiffany Grubaughpoured in a career-high 35 points against Ferris State on Thursday night, butit was not enough as the Bulldogs held on for the 85-78 win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats havenow lost three games in a row and drop to 18-7 overall and 10-7 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris improves to 19-7 and 14-3 in the conference.
The Bulldogs controlled the tempo of the game from theopening tip as they held a 47-38 lead at the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The shooting was almosteven for the first 20 minutes as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were at 51.6 percent (16-31) whilethe Bulldogs were 51.4 percent (18-35).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had the lead down to six points in the second halfat 77-71 when Grubaugh made two free throws with 3:34 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thatwas as close as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would get on the night.
Grubaugh was 11-of-18 from the floor, 6-of-8 in threeÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s and7-of-8 from the free throw line for her career-high points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Three other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsscored in double-digits as Emily Samuelson had 16 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman netted10 markers on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Michelle Moard had a double-double with 10 points and14 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MoardÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s rebounds were a game-high.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson also added agame-high seven assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Opperman was the main thief for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on thenight with four steals.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 47.2 percent from the floor forthe game (25-53), 43.8 percent from the arc (7-16) and 77.8 percent from thecharity stripe (21-27).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats might have lost the numbers on thescoreboard, but they won the numbers on the boards with 39 rebound to 29 forFerris.
NMU will conclude the regular season on Saturday (Feb. 28)at Grand Valley.