MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Down by 14 points at thehalf the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team dropped theirthird game in a row to the Lake Superior State Lakers on Thursday night at theBerry Events Center, 68-59.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 10-8 overall forthe 2004-05 season and 3-7 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers improve to 15-3 and 10-0respectively.
About halfway through the first half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held a 13-8lead after Maria Kasza sank a three-pointer.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers took the lead over at17-15 with 8:13 left in the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU extended their lead the rest ofthe half with a 19-7 run to end the first 20 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither teamreally shot the ball that well in the first half as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 9-24 fromthe floor (37.5 percent) and the Lakers were 12-30 (40 percent) from thefloor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But a big difference was the Lakers were a perfect 10-10 from the freethrow line while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 2-7.
The second half was for the most part was all Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUdid manage to tie the game at 44-all on a lay-up by Tiffany Grubaugh with 11:46left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The lay-up was part of a three-point play as she sank thefree throw to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 45-44 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the rest of the game theLakers controlled the pace as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats got within three when Allison Carrollmade a lay-up with 9:47 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Grubaugh led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 17 points, six rebounds, threeassists and four steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza off the bench had 14 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll was thethird ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat in double-figures with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Lakers won the battle on the boards with a 43-33advantage as they also had 19 offensive boards for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game NMUwas 23-54 from the floor (42.6 percent), 2-16 from the arc (12.5 percent) and11-16 from the free throw line (68.8 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The NMU defense held the Lakersto 34.5 percent shooting from the floor for the game (20-58).
On Saturday (Jan. 29) the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will face the Cardinals ofSaginaw Valley State University at the Berry Events Center for ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œPack the PlaceÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚at 1:00 p.m.