SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team could not hold a 14-point lead with 18:51 left inthe game and dropped a 69-65 contest to the Lake Superior State UniversityLakers on Saturday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The loss snapped the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats four-game winningstreak.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the season the team is 14-10 overall and 7-9 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheLakers improve to 20-4 and 15-1 respectively.
NMU held a 10-point lead at the half (33-23) and quicklyextended the lead in the opening minutes of the second half. The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats werestuck on 41 points for about a five minute stretch in the second half and thehome team used that time to narrow the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When Allison Carroll made abasket with 13:29 left in the game, the Lakers had cut the lead to 43-37.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thehome team ran off six straight points to tie the game at 43-all with 10:55 leftin the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU did have the lead at 52-51 when Tiffany Grubaugh sankboth of her free throws with 6:44 left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers took the lead over againbefore Grubaugh made a basket with 5:35 on the clock and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats up 54-53.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers then went on a 9-0 run to hold a 62-54 lead with under 3:30 left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Holly Cole stripped the ball on the defensive end and made abasket to get the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within three at 65-62 with 49 ticks left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the Lakers up by five with 19 seconds left in the game, Grubaugh made athree-point play to have NMU within two at 67-65 with eight seconds left in thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team then made both free throws to take the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Grubaugh was the gameÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s high-scorer with 24 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shealso had four assists and three steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza ended the game with 13points while Carroll added 10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Michelle Moard had a team-leading fiverebounds.
NMU was 21-60 from the floor for the game for 35 percentwhich included 7-28 from the arc (25 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats only had 18 trips tothe free throw line and converted 16 of the throws for 88.9 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheLakers went to the line 39 times for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lake State had the rebounding advantageat 41-34.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will play their final two regular season games athome this week against Ferris State on Thursday (Feb. 24) and Grand Valley onSaturday (Feb. 26).