DETROIT, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Tiffany Grubaugh who playedher first year of collegiate basketball at Wayne State came back to haunt herold school on Saturday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She poured in a game-high 16 points to leadthe Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team to a 65-55 win overthe Warriors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU committed 26 turnovers for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsare now 9-4 overall for the season and 2-3 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU falls to 2-10 and0-5 respectively.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were in control for most of the first half as theytook the lead for good at 10-9 about five minutes in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s biggestlead of the game was 10 points at 36-26 with about a minute left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU also led after the first 20 minutes of play at 38-28.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Holly Cole had 12points at the intermission as that is what she ended the game with.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot48.4 percent from the floor for the first half on 15-31 shooting and held WSUto 33.3 percent from the floor (10-30).
WSU tied the game with about 5:28 left in the game at 50-alland then Maria Kasza then hit one of her two free throws to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats thelead once again at 51-50.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats went on a 14-5 run to close out the gameand pick up the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot 12 free throws the final two minutes of the gameand converted 10 of the throws.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman was a perfect four-of-four downthe stretch.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She also had four steals and five rebounds for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Emily Belland ended the game with 11 points and fourrebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll added three assists and three steals in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh added five rebounds, two assists and three steals in the win onSaturday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 42.6 percent from the floor for the game(20-47) and the squad was 6-18 from the arc (33.3 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the freethrow line the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 19-28 for 67.9 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the boards the Warriorscame out on the leading edge of the stick with a 42-40 advantage.
NMU will play their next three games at home.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Up first isMercyhurst on Thursday (Jan. 13), then Gannon will be at the Berry Events Center on Saturday (Jan. 15) before Michigan Tech will call on the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Monday(Jan. 18).