Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Tiffany Grubaugh scored aseason-high 31 points to lead the Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™sbasketball team to a 75-50 win over the visiting Northwood UniversityTimberwolves on Thursday night at the Berry Events Center.  With the win theâ€Â˜Cats are now 12-9 on the season and 5-8 in the GLIAC.  NU falls to 7-15 and3-10 respectively.


The first five plus minutes of the game was close as theâ€Â˜Cats held on to a one-point lead at 8-7.  Over the course of the next 10 minutesof the game, NMU would extend their lead to 26-13.  Holly Cole made athree-pointer with 3:42 left in the half to give the â€Â˜Cats a 15-point cushionat 30-15.  Grubaugh converted both of her free throws to give NMU their biggestlead of the half at 36-17 with 1:25 left.


The Timberwolves shot only 18.8 percent from the floor forthe first half (6-32) and 22.7 percent for the game (15-66).  NMU shot in the40 percent range for both halves.  The first 20 minutes the â€Â˜Cats were 13-32for 40.6 percent, 46.2 percent in the second half (12-26) for a grand total of25-58 for the game (43.1 percent)


NMU came out in the second half and led the entire way asthe lead never went below 14 points.  Allison Carroll converted a jumper with16:09 left in the game and the â€Â˜Cats were up by 20 at 47-27.  NU had the â€Â˜Catslead down to 14 points (55-41) at 9:18 left in regulation, but Emily Bellandconverted her two free throws to give the â€Â˜Cats the 57-41 lead.  TheTimberwolves would not get any closer.  Grubaugh capped off her night with athree-pointer with less than a minute left in the game for the 75-48advantage. 


Grubaugh added 10 rebounds for the double-double, threeassists and two steals in the win.  She was 9-17 from the floor, 2-3 inthree-pointers and 11-12 from the line.  Belland also had a double-double with14 points and 10 rebounds.  Carroll ended the night with 14 points and sevenrebounds.


NMU was only 2-16 from the arc for the game (12.5 percent)and 18-29 from the charity stripe (62.1 percent).  Rebounds were even on thenight as both teams had 46.  But, the Timberwolves grabbed 20 off the offensiveglass.  NMU only had nine offensive rebounds on the night. 


The â€Â˜Cats will be in action again on Valentineâ€Â™s Day (Feb.14) at 5:30 p.m. when they will face Saginaw Valley in the game that waspostponed from Jan. 29. 




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director