MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team dropped their first home game of the season to theMercyhurst College Lakers on Thursday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The 80-75 win was alsosignificant for the Lakers as it was their first win ever over the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Before the game on Thursday the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 9-0 all-time against the Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU falls to 9-5 overall on the season and 2-4 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MC improves to6-10 and 2-4 respectively.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held the 44-34 lead at the half as the team shot51.7 percent from the floor (15-29).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh had 17 markers at thehalf as she was 6-of-10 from the floor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a 13-point lead with1:33 left in the half when Grubaugh converted a three-pointer.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrea Brookesank two free throws with less than a minute left in the half to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsanother 13-point lead at 44-31.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers hit a three-pointer with 31 ticksleft on the clock to cut the lead to 10 at the intermission.
NMU held the lead in the second half until five minutes leftin the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers went on an 8-0 run over a span of about minute in thehalf to tie the game at 67-all before taking the lead for good at 69-67 with4:35 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh made a lay-up with 3:11 left in the contest tocut the lead to 71-70.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But that would be it for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheLakers made their free throws down the stretch for the win.
Grubaugh led all scorers with 25 points on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shealso had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll added 15points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ While Holly Cole and Brooke off the bench both had 10 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ EmilyBelland added a team-high eight rebounds.
As a team the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 25-57 from the floor for 43.9percent, 9-22 from the arc for 40.9 percent and 16-24 from the charity stripefor 66.7 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU won the battle on the boards with 39 rebounds to 31 forthe Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 15 boards on the offensive glass as MC had eight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Turnover cost the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as they committed 24 for the game.
NMU will take on the other Erie, Pa. GLIAC school onSaturday (Jan. 15) at 11:00 a.m.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game with Gannon is part of atripleheader at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Also on the bill is the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sbasketball game at 1:00 p.m. and the NMU hockey game that night at 7:35 p.m.