February 20, 2005

'Cats Lose Lead And Game

 

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™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.  The loss snapped the â€Â˜Cats four-game winningstreak.  On the season the team is 14-10 overall and 7-9 in the GLIAC.  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 â€Â˜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.  When Allison Carroll made abasket with 13:29 left in the game, the Lakers had cut the lead to 43-37.  Thehome team ran off six straight points to tie the game at 43-all with 10:55 leftin the game. 

 

NMU did have the lead at 52-51 when Tiffany Grubaugh sankboth of her free throws with 6:44 left.  The Lakers took the lead over againbefore Grubaugh made a basket with 5:35 on the clock and the â€Â˜Cats up 54-53. The Lakers then went on a 9-0 run to hold a 62-54 lead with under 3:30 left. 

 

Holly Cole stripped the ball on the defensive end and made abasket to get the â€Â˜Cats within three at 65-62 with 49 ticks left in the game. 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.  The home team then made both free throws to take the win. 

 

Grubaugh was the gameâ€Â™s high-scorer with 24 points.  Shealso had four assists and three steals.  Maria Kasza ended the game with 13points while Carroll added 10.  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).  The â€Â˜Cats only had 18 trips tothe free throw line and converted 16 of the throws for 88.9 percent.  TheLakers went to the line 39 times for the game.  Lake State had the rebounding advantageat 41-34.

 

The â€Â˜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).

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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