MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ With a spot in theGLIAC Tournament already assured the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats wanted a little momentum going intothe post-season next week.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU faced the Grand Valley State University Lakerson Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost to the Lakers by a90-72 count.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It would also be the final time three seniors would play on the Berry Events Center floor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Emily Belland, Andrea Brooke and Tiffany Grubaugh ran thecourt for the final time Saturday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats end theregular season at 15-11 overall and 8-10 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers are now 22-5and 16-2 respectively.
NMU will face Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie onTuesday, March 1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game is now scheduled for 5:30 p.m.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU trailed at thehalf by a 47-40 score.
The second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats cut the lead to 54-50 when MariaKasza made a lay-up with 14:29 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers answered with a9-0 run to take the 63-50 lead with 11:15 left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the rest of the game theLakers held a double-digit lead as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ By making 27-30 free throw attempts the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats converted 90percent of their throws.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grand Valley held the rebounding advantage with a46-20 edge.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grubaugh led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the scoring column with 21 points andadded seven rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kasza added 13 points in the loss.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat indouble-figures was Opperman with 10 points as she also had five rebounds, threeassists and three steals.