ALLENDALE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team was looking to snap their three-game losing skid against theLakers of Grand Valley State University on Thursday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU down by threepoints at the half (33-30) only managed to score 19 points in the second halfand dropped the game 73-49 to lose their fourth game in a row.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 10-9overall and 3-8 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU improves to 16-4 and 10-1 respectively.
The first half saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 50 percent (10-20) fromthe floor and held the Lakers to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teamsmade two three-pointers in the half and went to the free throw line 11 times.
GVSU held the lead the entire second half as they builttheir lead to double-digits a little over eight minutes into the half at53-43.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At that point of the game NMU only scored six more points the rest ofthe way.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll sank the final shot from the floor for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at10:03 left in the game and NMU trailing 57-45.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s final four points camevia the free throw line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tiffany Grubaugh made the final three points for NMU on thenight when she sank two free throws with 4:42 left in the game and addedanother at 3:53 left on the clock.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That gave the score of the game 67-49.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would not see another point on the scoreboard the rest of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU shot 40 percent for the game from the floor (16-40) and3-14 from the arc (21.4 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 14-25 from the free throwline (56 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU shot 39 percent from the floor for the game (23-59),and made six three-pointers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU committed 26 turnovers for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On theboards the Lakers held the 41-29 advantage, which included 17 offensiverebounds.
Grubaugh led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night with 26 points, forgame-high honors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza off the bench had 10 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh also hada team-high nine rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Opperman had five of the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats seven assistson the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will continue with their road swing with a game at Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 5).