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HOUGHTON, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s basketball team snapped their losing skid on Saturday with a 74-73 win over Florida Southern at the Holiday Inn Express Classic at Michigan Tech.  The â€Â˜Cats are now7-3 on the season.  Florida Southern falls to 4-6.


The game was a tale of two halves.  The first half theMoccasins controlled the tempo for the majority of the half.  They held aneight point lead four minutes into the game at 11-3.  The â€Â˜Cats chipped awayuntil taking the lead at 14-13 with 13 minutes left in the half.  From thatpoint to the end of the half neither team had more than a four point lead therest of the way.  Holly Cole made a three-pointer with seven seconds left inthe first half to give the â€Â˜Cats the 32-29 lead at the half.  The first halfnumbers had the â€Â˜Cats shooting at a 44.8 clip (13-29) while the Moccasins were10-30 (33.3 percent) from the floor.


The beginning of the second half saw the â€Â˜Cats extend thelead to six points about three minutes into the half (39-33).  FS did take thelead at 40-39 with a little over 15 minutes left in the game.  The â€Â˜Cats got abreak when the Florida Southern bench was called for a technical, after apersonal foul was called, with 10:14 left and Cole sank all four free throws togive the â€Â˜Cats the 57-48 lead. Ã‚  With less than five minutes left inregulation, Florida Southern tied the game at 64 with two made free throws.  TheMoccasins then took the lead with a lay-up with a little over four minutes leftat 66-64.  


The final two plus minutes of the game was a little strange,but the â€Â˜Cats prevailed.  The game was tied at 70-all when Tiffany Grubaughmade a jumper with less than a minute left in the game for the 72-70 lead.  Florida Southern answered with a three-pointer to take the lead at 73-72 with 16 ticks lefton the clock.  Monique Bunch was called for a foul and a technical with threeseconds left in the game.  Grubaugh missed the first free throw and sank the second;the game was now tied again at 73.  Tera Opperman then went to the line andmade the first free throw and missed the second for the win.  She alsocontributed five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the win.


Cole led the â€Â˜Cats on the day with 23 points and threerebounds and two steals.  Grubaugh had 15 points, six rebounds and sixassists.  Allison Carroll chipped in with 13 points and three steals.  EmilyBelland and Michelle Moard both had six rebounds to share the team honors. 


As a team the â€Â˜Cats were 25-59 from the floor for the game(42.4 percent) and 7-19 in three-pointers (36.8 percent).  NMU was 17-28 fromthe charity stripe for 60.7 percent.  The â€Â˜Cats were on the short end of therebounding category with a 46-39 count.  Florida Southern had 16 offensiveboards for the game while the â€Â˜Cats had 10. Ã‚ 


The â€Â˜Cats are off until the New Year.  NMU will be back inaction on Monday, Jan. 3 against The University of Findlay.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director