Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team and the team from Saginaw Valley State University will be familiar with each other after this week.  The two teams made up theirgame from late January today at the Berry Events Center.  It was Valentineâ€Â™sDay at the Berry Events Center and the â€Â˜Cats gave the Cardinals a 79-68valentine.  On Thursday (Feb. 17) the teams will meet again, but this time itwill be at University Center, Mich.  With the win today the â€Â˜Cats are now 13-9overall on the season and 6-8 in the GLIAC.  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 â€Â˜Cats a 3-0 lead.  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.  The Cardinals cut the â€Â˜Cats lead to single-digits going into halftime. 


SV cut the â€Â˜Cats lead to four points (43-39) with almost twominutes gone in the second half.  Andrea Brooke and Holly Cole madeback-to-back baskets to give the â€Â˜Cats an eight-point breathing room at 47-39with 17:41 left in the game.  But, the Cardinals chipped away at the lead andhad it down to five points (49-44) with 15 plus minutes left in the half.  NMUanswered by going on a 10-0 run to extend the lead to double-digits at 59-44when Kasza drilled another three-pointer.  NMU would hold the double-digit leadthe rest of the game.


Grubaugh led all scorers with 25 points.  She also had sevenrebounds, four assists and three steals.  Kasza was next on the scoring listfor the â€Â˜Cats with her 18 points.  She made five of her nine three-pointattempts.  Kasza also had six rebounds and five assists in the win.  Tera Oppermanended the game with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Cole off the bench had 10 points and three assists.


For the game the â€Â˜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).  NMU had a three-rebound advantage over the Cardinals at 43-40.


After Thursdayâ€Â™s game at SV the â€Â˜Cats will travel north onI-75 to take on Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 19).






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director