Emily Belland And Maria Kasza Provide A Spark
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team won their fifth game in the past six on Thursdaynight with a 75-66 win over Ferris State University at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats improve to 15-10 overall and 8-9 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogsfall to 11-15 and 9-8 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU held the lead in the first half for almost the first 13minutes of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After Emily Belland made a basket with 10:41 left in thehalf the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held an eight-point lead at 17-9.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs answered with an11-2 run to take the lead at 20-19 with almost seven minutes left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kaszahit a three-pointer to tie the game at 25-all with 4:19 left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Butthe Bulldogs held a 35-31 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.
Tiffany Grubaugh hit a three-pointer with 16:51 left in thegame to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 38-37 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would hold the lead for about10 minutes and had an eight-point lead at 12:17 on a made bucket by Holly Cole.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the score tied at 63, Kasza again hit for a three-pointer to give theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead for good at 66-63 with about four minutes left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheBulldogs only made one three-pointer the rest of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Grubaugh was the gameÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s high scorer with 24 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She alsohad five rebounds, eight assists and three steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza ended the night with20 points and seven rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Belland was the third ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat in double-figureswith 10 points as she added six rebounds in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 28-64 from the floor for 43.8 percent whichincluded 8-21 from the three-point line (38.1 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU made 20 trips tothe free throw line and made 11 of the throws for 55 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs wonthe battle on the glass with a 44-39 advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will face Grand Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 26) inthe regular season finale at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚