Press Box


ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team was looking to snap their three-game losing skid against theLakers of Grand Valley State University on Thursday night.  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.  NMU is now 10-9overall and 3-8 in the GLIAC.  GVSU improves to 16-4 and 10-1 respectively.


The first half saw the â€Â˜Cats shot 50 percent (10-20) fromthe floor and held the Lakers to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting.  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.  At that point of the game NMU only scored six more points the rest ofthe way.  Allison Carroll sank the final shot from the floor for the â€Â˜Cats at10:03 left in the game and NMU trailing 57-45.  NMUâ€Â™s final four points camevia the free throw line. 


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.  That gave the score of the game 67-49.  Theâ€Â˜Cats would not see another point on the scoreboard the rest of the game. 


NMU shot 40 percent for the game from the floor (16-40) and3-14 from the arc (21.4 percent).  The â€Â˜Cats were 14-25 from the free throwline (56 percent).  GVSU shot 39 percent from the floor for the game (23-59),and made six three-pointers.  NMU committed 26 turnovers for the game.  On theboards the Lakers held the 41-29 advantage, which included 17 offensiverebounds.


Grubaugh led the â€Â˜Cats on the night with 26 points, forgame-high honors.  Maria Kasza off the bench had 10 points.  Grubaugh also hada team-high nine rebounds.  Tera Opperman had five of the â€Â˜Cats seven assistson the night. 


The â€Â˜Cats will continue with their road swing with a game at Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 5).









Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director