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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. â€Â“ 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.  The â€Â˜Cats havenow lost three games in a row and drop to 18-7 overall and 10-7 in the GLIAC. 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.  The shooting was almosteven for the first 20 minutes as the â€Â˜Cats were at 51.6 percent (16-31) whilethe Bulldogs were 51.4 percent (18-35). 


The â€Â˜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.  Thatwas as close as the â€Â˜Cats would get on the night.


Grubaugh was 11-of-18 from the floor, 6-of-8 in threeâ€Â™s and7-of-8 from the free throw line for her career-high points.  Three other â€Â˜Catsscored in double-digits as Emily Samuelson had 16 points.  Tera Opperman netted10 markers on the night.  Michelle Moard had a double-double with 10 points and14 rebounds.  Moardâ€Â™s rebounds were a game-high.  Samuelson also added agame-high seven assists.  Opperman was the main thief for the â€Â˜Cats on thenight with four steals.


For the game the â€Â˜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).  The â€Â˜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.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director