Tiffany Grubaugh's Game-high 22 Points Not Enough
HILLSDALE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team saw their two-game winning streak snapped on Thursday nightat Hillsdale College.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers downed the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 89-85 behind six playerswho were in double-figures in the scoring column.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU falls to 8-4 overall and1-3 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HC is now a perfect 12-0 and 3-0 in the conference.
NMU held the early lead of the game at 6-4 about threeminutes into the game when Allison Carroll made a jumper off a steal by TeraOpperman.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the home team would tie the game at six and control the leaduntil 5:51 of the half when Opperman canned a three-pointer to tie the game at34-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll then made a lay-up to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 36-34 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheChargers then scored six unanswered points to take back the lead at 40-36 with2:57 left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU trailed by five at the half 46-41.
The second 20 minutes of the game saw the Chargers graduallybuild a double-digit lead which the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats could not get any closer than fourpoints on two occasions.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh made a lay-up at the 13:19 mark tocut the lead to 54-50.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The next time the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were that close was whenGrubaugh scored the final five points for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the final 32 seconds ofthe game.
Grubaugh led all scorers with 22 points, as she added fourassists and two steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Off the bench saw some point production from Maria Kasza with 15 points andAndrea Brooke with 13 markers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HC committed 21 turnovers for the game.
NMU was 29-71 from the floor for the game (40.8 percent),7-26 in three-pointers (26.9 percent) and 20-29 from the free throw line (69percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were on the short end of the 47-34 rebounding margin onthe glass.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will play at Wayne State on Saturday (Jan. 8) for theirnext game on their current road swing.
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