ASHLAND, Ohio ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team could have played their final game for the2003-04 season on Tuesday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were at Ashland for thequarterfinal game of the GLIAC Tournament.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost to Ashland by a 95-82score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles will advance in the GLIAC Tournament while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats, whostill have a very outside chance to make the NCAA II Tournament, are 19-8 onthe season.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats kept the score close with the Eagles the first 17minutes or so of the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After Emily Samuelson converted athree-pointer with less than four minutes left in the half to make the score30-all the Eagles then made their move.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashland converted two three-pointersin a row to go up on the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 36-30.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman then converted two freethrows to make the score 36-32 at 2:39 of the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From that point to the endof the half the Eagles ran off 12 points in a row for the halftime score of48-32.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Ashland was a little hotter from the floor than the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats inthe first 20 minutes as they were shooting 54.1 percent from the floor (20-37)to the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 42.3 percent (11-26).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Eagles held their double-digit lead for the entiresecond half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had the lead down to 13 points twice in the early stages ofthe half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson made a three-pointer at 15:06 to make the score 60-47 thenHolly Cole hit for three at 13:19 to cut the lead to 65-52.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With a little morethan a minute left in the game Opperman sank a three-pointer to cut the lead to93-81.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Samuelson led five ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with double-digits in the scoringcolumn on the night as she had a team-high 19 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh had 15points which was followed by Michelle Moard with 10 as Andrea Brooke and Coleboth had 12 markers on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brooke ended the game with a double-doubleas she had 10 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson and Opperman both dished out six assists onthe night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Samuelson also had four steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 42.9 percent from the floor(27-63), 50 percent from the three-point arc (13-26) and 68.2 percent from thefree throw line (15-22).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 35 rebounds on the night while the Eaglesgrabbed 39 misses.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚