Press Box


ASHLAND, Ohio â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team could have played their final game for the2003-04 season on Tuesday night.  The â€Â˜Cats were at Ashland for thequarterfinal game of the GLIAC Tournament.  NMU lost to Ashland by a 95-82score.  The Eagles will advance in the GLIAC Tournament while the â€Â˜Cats, whostill have a very outside chance to make the NCAA II Tournament, are 19-8 onthe season.


The â€Â˜Cats kept the score close with the Eagles the first 17minutes or so of the first half.  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.  Ashland converted two three-pointersin a row to go up on the â€Â˜Cats 36-30.  Tera Opperman then converted two freethrows to make the score 36-32 at 2:39 of the half.  From that point to the endof the half the Eagles ran off 12 points in a row for the halftime score of48-32. 


Ashland was a little hotter from the floor than the â€Â˜Cats inthe first 20 minutes as they were shooting 54.1 percent from the floor (20-37)to the â€Â˜Cats 42.3 percent (11-26). 


The Eagles held their double-digit lead for the entiresecond half.  NMU had the lead down to 13 points twice in the early stages ofthe half.  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.  With a little morethan a minute left in the game Opperman sank a three-pointer to cut the lead to93-81. 


Samuelson led five â€Â˜Cats with double-digits in the scoringcolumn on the night as she had a team-high 19 points.  Tiffany Grubaugh had 15points which was followed by Michelle Moard with 10 as Andrea Brooke and Coleboth had 12 markers on the night.  Brooke ended the game with a double-doubleas she had 10 rebounds.  Samuelson and Opperman both dished out six assists onthe night.  Samuelson also had four steals. 


For the game the â€Â˜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).  NMU had 35 rebounds on the night while the Eaglesgrabbed 39 misses. 




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director