ASHLAND, Ohio - The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team held a four-point lead at halftime (43-39), butcould not sustain that lead for the second half as the Eagles of AshlandUniversity defeated the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Saturday afternoon 91-76.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 10-7overall for the season and 3-6 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU improves to 12-6 and 5-4respectively.
NMU held a 33-20 at the 7:21 mark of the first half afterMaria Kasza made both of her free throws.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles chipped away at the leadby going on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 35-33 with four minutes left in thehalf.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll and Tiffany Grubaugh both made jumpers before the end ofthe half to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the cushion.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both squads shot the ball well for thefirst 20 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 17-29 from the floor for 58.6 percentwhile the home team was 17-33 for 51.5 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 60 percent from thearc as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats went 5-13.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second half saw the Eagles take the lead at 45-44 aboutthree minutes into the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU tied the game at 47-all when Emily Bellandcompleted a three-point play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the next six plus minutes the Eagles controlledthe game as they had the lead until the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats cut the lead to one at 58-57 on aCarroll jumper with 11:24 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsthe lead at 64-63 with 8:34 left in the game when she connected on a jumper.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU took over the lead for good at 67-66 with 6:42 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That wasas close as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would get on the afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles built a lead ashigh as 15 points to end the game.
Grubaugh led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the afternoon with 23 points,seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll added 14 points in theloss while Holly Cole had 12 markers and three assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 28-55 from the floor for the game (50.9percent), 5-13 from the three-point line (38.5 percent)ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ and 15-17 from thefree throw line (88.2 percent)ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU did have a 10-rebound edge on the boards at33-23, which included 12 on the offensive glass.
NMU will have a two-game home stand beginning on Thursday(Jan. 27) against Lake Superior State.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚