Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ With a spot in theGLIAC Tournament already assured the â€Â˜Cats wanted a little momentum going intothe post-season next week.  NMU faced the Grand Valley State University Lakerson Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.  NMU lost to the Lakers by a90-72 count.  It would also be the final time three seniors would play on the Berry Events Center floor.  Emily Belland, Andrea Brooke and Tiffany Grubaugh ran thecourt for the final time Saturday afternoon.  With the loss the â€Â˜Cats end theregular season at 15-11 overall and 8-10 in the GLIAC.  The Lakers are now 22-5and 16-2 respectively.


NMU will face Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie onTuesday, March 1.  The game is now scheduled for 5:30 p.m.  But that couldchange in the next day or two.


NMU shot 38.7 percent from the floor for the first half(12-31), 7-29 for the second half (24.1 percent) which was 31.7 percent for thegame.  Tera Opperman made two free throws at 7:30 of the first half which wasthe last time that NMU had a lead in the game at 34-32.  NMU trailed at thehalf by a 47-40 score.


The second half the â€Â˜Cats cut the lead to 54-50 when MariaKasza made a lay-up with 14:29 left in the game.  The Lakers answered with a9-0 run to take the 63-50 lead with 11:15 left.  For the rest of the game theLakers held a double-digit lead as the â€Â˜Cats could only get as close as 67-55with 8:08 left in the game.


NMU converted seven of their 19 three-point attempts for36.8 percent.  By making 27-30 free throw attempts the â€Â˜Cats converted 90percent of their throws.  Grand Valley held the rebounding advantage with a46-20 edge.  Grubaugh led the â€Â˜Cats in the scoring column with 21 points andadded seven rebounds.  Kasza added 13 points in the loss.  The final â€Â˜Cat indouble-figures was Opperman with 10 points as she also had five rebounds, threeassists and three steals.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director