ALLENDALE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team ended the 2004-05 season on Friday night at Grand Valley State University in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals against the home schoolby a 61-51 score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU ends the season with an overall record of 16-12.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grand Valley, 24-5, will face Gannon in tomorrowÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s GLIAC Championship.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
After Holly Cole sank a three-pointer at 8:24 of the firsthalf the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were up 14-9.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers scored two lay-ups in a row to cut thelead, but Cole sank another three-pointer to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a four-point leadat 17-13 with 6:36 left before the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cole made the lead six points with ajumper at 5:50 (19-13).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With 3:44 left Tera Opperman sank both of her freethrows to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 21-20 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers ended the half with a 5-0run to take the 25-21 lead into the locker room.
NMU held GVSU to 28.9 percent shooting from the floor forthe first half (11-38) which included 2-18 (11.1 percent) from the three-pointline.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 7-20 in the first 20 minutes of the game from the floor for 35percent, the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 3-7 from the arc (42.9 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second 20 minutes of the game was all Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They heldthe lead the entire half and were up by 10 points with 14:06 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Autumn Kuhtic made a jumper with 10:59 left in the game to get the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats towithin four at 41-37.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A 14-3 run by the Lakers over the next six minutespretty much put the game away.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Kasza cut the lead with a made three at1:53 to seven points (55-48), but that would be as close the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would get onthe night in the final minutes of the game.
Allison Carroll and Kasza both had 11 points to share theteam-high honors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tiffany Grubaugh playing in her final game for NMU had 10points, four rebounds and three assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Carroll led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the boardswith seven rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 19-49 from the floor for the game (38.8 percent)which included 7-15 from three-point land (46.7 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats made 10trips to the free throw line and made six of their throws (60 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUwon the battle on the glass with a 40-38 rebounding advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU did have15 offensive rebounds on the night to 10 for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Turnovers cost theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as they committed 23 for the game.
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