BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team ended their four-game skid on Saturday afternoonwith an 82-69 win at Ferris State University.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot over 50 percentfrom the floor in the first half to improve to 11-9 overall and 4-8 in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FSU is 9-12 and 7-5 respectively.
NMU was 14-27 in the first half for 51.0 percent, 48.4percent (15-31) in the second half for 50 percent (29-58) for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were also 50 percent from the arc (10-20) for the game as the team was5-9 in the first half (55.6 percent) and 5-11 in the second 20 minutes of play(45.5 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tera Opperman gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 17-15 at the 11:08mark of the first half when she made a three-pointer.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over the next threeminutes the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats went on an 8-2 run to take a 25-17 lead with a little morethan nine minutes left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs tied the game at 28-all witha couple tick over five minutes left before half on the clock.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsfinished the half with a 9-2 spurt.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh accounted for seven ofthe points.
The second 20 minutes of the game was all ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as they heldthe lead the entire way.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When Andrea Brooke made a three-pointer with 7:23left in the game and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats up 67-49, which would be the teamÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s biggestlead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU ended the game when they made all eight of their free throws withless than a minute left in the contest.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh made four of the throws.
Grubaugh was the gameÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s high-scorer with 24 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shealso had nine rebounds for game-high honors, five assists, three blocks and twosteals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza off the bench had 19 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll was thethird ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat in double-digits with 13 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She added six rebounds, fourassists, two blocks and two steals in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brooke off the bench had 10points.
NMU was 14-19 from the free throw line for 73.7 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team had a slight advantage on the boards at 42-40, but had a big leadon the offensive end with 17 boards to nine for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team NMU hadeight blocks and 10 steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will be home on Thursday (Feb. 10) againstNorthwood for their next game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚