Press Box


ERIE, Pa. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan Universitywomenâ€Â™s basketball team held the Mercyhurst Lakers to 39 points and 22.6percent from the floor for the game on Thursday night.  The â€Â˜Cats ran their record to 12-1 overalland 4-1 in the GLIAC with a 71-39 win over the Lakers.  Mercyhurst is now 0-13 and 0-6 in theconference.

NMU held the lead almost the entiregame as the two teams were tied at two-all a little over a minute into thegame.  From that point the â€Â˜Catsgradually built their lead to 21-6 on an Emily Belland lay-up with 7:43 left in the first half. Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  NMU held Mercyhurst to a 33-14 score in thefirst half as the Lakers were 4-21 from the floor for 19 percent.  The â€Â˜Cats were 15-37 from the floor in thefirst 20 minutes for 40.5 percent.

The second half was all â€Â˜Cats astheir biggest lead of the game came at 71-34 when Michelle Moard converted athree-point play the old fashion way with a basket and a made free throw.  NMU was 16-31 in the second half from thefloor for 51.6 percent while the â€Â˜Cats held the Lakers to 8-32 for 25 percentfor the half.

For the game the â€Â˜Cats were 31-68for 45.6 percent form the floor, but only 3-19 in three-pointers (15.8 percent)and were 6-9 from the charity line (66.7 percent).  The NMU defense held the Lakers to 22.6percent shooting from the floor for the game as the Lakers were 12-53 and 3-21from the arc (14.3 percent).  The â€Â˜Catsheld a 14 rebounds advantage over the Lakers as the â€Â˜Cats had 49 boards for thegame to 35 for the home team. 

Bellandled the way with a career-high 16 points and six rebounds.  She was 8-9 from the floor.  Moard had 13 points off the bench to go alongwith her six rebounds.  Emily Samuelsonhad 12 points, eight assists and four steals for the game.  Tiffany Grubaugh had a double-double with 12points and 10 rebounds.  Grubaugh hadseven of the 21 assists that the â€Â˜Cats had for the game.

The NMU defense caused the Lakersto turn the ball over 20 times for the game. NMU had 15 steals for the game as Tera Opperman also had four steals.

The â€Â˜Cats continue with their stayin Erie, they will take on Gannon on Saturday, before playing at The University ofFindlay on Monday.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director