'Cats Drop GLIAC Opener And First Game Of The Season
HOUGHTON, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ It was the first day of December itwas cold and snowy outside and the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were playing their fifth game awayfrom the Berry Events Center and to top it off it was the GLIAC opener againstthe rival, Michigan Tech.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither team came out of the gate shooting the lightsout of the ball, but MTU prevailed 52-47 for the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 4-1 overallon the season and 0-1 in the GLIAC.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU finds themselves 3-3 on the season and1-0 in the conference.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The first 20 minutes of play saw the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats take 27 shotsfrom the floor and converted 11 for baskets for a 40.7 percent shooting, butthey left the court with a 23-19 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the 11 baskets was one three-pointerin six throws (16.7 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU was only shooting at a 26.0 percent clipfrom the floor in the first half (7-26) as the Huskies also only made onethree-point attempt in six chances.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did not even make one trip to the freethrow line in the first half as the home team converted four of nine attempts(44.4 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Holly Cole made a three-pointer at 17:28 of the second halfto give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a seven point cushion at 30-23.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the Huskies began tochip away at the lead and took the lead at 36-35 at 8:25 of the half on a madefree throw, then followed up with a three-pointer to take a 39-35 lead withless than eight minutes left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
With a little more than six minutes left in the game theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats took the 40-39 lead on a three-point play the old school way by DaniciaBraun.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the score tied at 47-all the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were called for a shot clockviolation with 1:42 left in the game.
MTU would end the game with a five point burst and held theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats scoreless for the final margin of the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had the bettergame from the floor shooting at a 39.2 percent effort (20-51) as the Huskieswere shooting 34.5 percent (20-58).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 3-12 in three-pointers (25percent) and only took five trips to the free throw line and made four (80percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU was 2-12 in threeÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s (16.7 percent) and were 10-18 from the line(55.6 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies were 10 rebounds up on the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with a 41-31 edge.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Only six of the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats rebounds were on the offensive glass.
Newcomer Allison Carroll was the lone Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat to score indouble-digits as she had a team-high 12 points and six rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TiffanyGrubaugh had nine points and five assists for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will have their first home game of the season thisSunday (Dec.5) against Northland College at 1:00 p.m.