MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Tiffany Grubaugh scored aseason-high 31 points to lead the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sbasketball team to a 75-50 win over the visiting Northwood UniversityTimberwolves on Thursday night at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 12-9 on the season and 5-8 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NU falls to 7-15 and3-10 respectively.
The first five plus minutes of the game was close as theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held on to a one-point lead at 8-7.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over the course of the next 10 minutesof the game, NMU would extend their lead to 26-13.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Holly Cole made athree-pointer with 3:42 left in the half to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 15-point cushionat 30-15.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot in the40 percent range for both halves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first 20 minutes the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allison Carroll converted a jumper with16:09 left in the game and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were up by 20 at 47-27.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NU had the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catslead down to 14 points (55-41) at 9:18 left in regulation, but Emily Bellandconverted her two free throws to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 57-41 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheTimberwolves would not get any closer.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh capped off her night with athree-pointer with less than a minute left in the game for the 75-48advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Grubaugh added 10 rebounds for the double-double, threeassists and two steals in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She was 9-17 from the floor, 2-3 inthree-pointers and 11-12 from the line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Belland also had a double-double with14 points and 10 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rebounds were even on thenight as both teams had 46.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, the Timberwolves grabbed 20 off the offensiveglass.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU only had nine offensive rebounds on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will be in action again on ValentineÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Day (Feb.14) at 5:30 p.m. when they will face Saginaw Valley in the game that waspostponed from Jan. 29.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚