MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team and the team from Saginaw Valley State University will be familiar with each other after this week.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The two teams made up theirgame from late January today at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was ValentineÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sDay at the Berry Events Center and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats gave the Cardinals a 79-68valentine.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On Thursday (Feb. 17) the teams will meet again, but this time itwill be at University Center, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win today the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 13-9overall on the season and 6-8 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinals fall to 7-15 and3-11 respectively.
NMU led the entire game as Maria Kasza made the opening shotof the game to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 3-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU rolled the first 20 minutes ofthe game as they had the biggest lead of the half at 13 points after athree-pointer by Tiffany Grubaugh to make the score 36-23 with 5:59 left in thehalf.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinals cut the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead to single-digits going into halftime.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
SV cut the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead to four points (43-39) with almost twominutes gone in the second half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrea Brooke and Holly Cole madeback-to-back baskets to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats an eight-point breathing room at 47-39with 17:41 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, the Cardinals chipped away at the lead andhad it down to five points (49-44) with 15 plus minutes left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUanswered by going on a 10-0 run to extend the lead to double-digits at 59-44when Kasza drilled another three-pointer.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU would hold the double-digit leadthe rest of the game.
Grubaugh led all scorers with 25 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She also had sevenrebounds, four assists and three steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza was next on the scoring listfor the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with her 18 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She made five of her nine three-pointattempts.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza also had six rebounds and five assists in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tera Oppermanended the game with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cole off the bench had 10 points and three assists.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 27-61 from the floor (44.3percent), 10-22 from the arc (45.5 percent) and 15-22 from the free throw line(68.2 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had a three-rebound advantage over the Cardinals at 43-40.
After ThursdayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game at SV the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will travel north onI-75 to take on Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 19).