Press Box


ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team snapped their three-game losing skid with a60-56 win over the Grand Valley State University Lakers on Saturday afternoon. The â€Â˜Cats finish the regular season with a 19-7 overall record and an 11-7 markin the GLIAC.  The Lakers fall to 11-15 and 8-10.


The Lakers held the one point lead at the half by a count of30-29.  The â€Â˜Cats had the upper hand in the shooting category after 20 minutesof play as the squad was 10-22 for 45.5 percent from the floor.  GVSU was 11-28for 39.3 percent. 


Andrea Brooke hit a three-pointer about seven minutes intothe second half to narrow the Lakers lead to 40-39.  Tiffany Grubaugh had asteal and a dish to Emily Samuelson for a lay-up to give the â€Â˜Cats the 41-40lead at 11:32 of the second half.


GVSU went on a 10 to two run to go up on the â€Â˜Cats 50-43with less than eight minutes left in the game.  Grubaugh hit a three-pointerwith 5:15 left in regulation to tie the game at 52-all.  Tera Opperman thencanned two free throws to give NMU the brief lead at 54-52 with 2:12 leftbefore GVSU would answer with two free throws of their own to tie the gameagain at 54-all.  Grubaugh gave the â€Â˜Cats the lead for good, 56-54, with alay-up at 1:22 and then she made one of her two free throws as the â€Â˜Cats wentup by three with under a minute left in the game.


Samuelson and Opperman made free throws down the stretch forthe final margin.  For the game the â€Â˜Cats shot 39.6 percent from the floor(19-48), 54.5 percent from the three-point line (6-11) and 59.3 percent fromthe charity stripe (16-27).  The â€Â˜Cats had 38 rebounds for the game while theLakers had 32.  Both teams had the turnover bug on the afternoon as the â€Â˜Catscommitted 24 and GVSU had 23. 


Grubaugh had a game-high 23 points to go along with herthree assists and two steals.  Samuelson had 12 points, four assists and sixrebounds.  Brooke came off the bench to pour in 10 points and seven rebounds.


The â€Â˜Cats face Ashland on Tuesday night (March 2) in Ashland, Ohio for the opening round of the GLIAC Tournament.




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