Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team dropped their first home game of the season to theMercyhurst College Lakers on Thursday night.  The 80-75 win was alsosignificant for the Lakers as it was their first win ever over the â€Â˜Cats. Before the game on Thursday the â€Â˜Cats were 9-0 all-time against the Lakers. NMU falls to 9-5 overall on the season and 2-4 in the GLIAC.  MC improves to6-10 and 2-4 respectively.


The â€Â˜Cats held the 44-34 lead at the half as the team shot51.7 percent from the floor (15-29).  Tiffany Grubaugh had 17 markers at thehalf as she was 6-of-10 from the floor.  The â€Â˜Cats had a 13-point lead with1:33 left in the half when Grubaugh converted a three-pointer.  Andrea Brookesank two free throws with less than a minute left in the half to give the â€Â˜Catsanother 13-point lead at 44-31.  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.  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.  Grubaugh made a lay-up with 3:11 left in the contest tocut the lead to 71-70.  But that would be it for the â€Â˜Cats on the night.  TheLakers made their free throws down the stretch for the win.


Grubaugh led all scorers with 25 points on the night.  Shealso had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.  Allison Carroll added 15points.  While Holly Cole and Brooke off the bench both had 10 points.  EmilyBelland added a team-high eight rebounds.


As a team the â€Â˜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.  NMU won the battle on the boards with 39 rebounds to 31 forthe Lakers.  The â€Â˜Cats had 15 boards on the offensive glass as MC had eight. Turnover cost the â€Â˜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.  The game with Gannon is part of atripleheader at the Berry Events Center.  Also on the bill is the menâ€Â™sbasketball game at 1:00 p.m. and the NMU hockey game that night at 7:35 p.m.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director