HOUGHTON, Mich. – A strong outside shooting performance by the No. 8 Michigan Tech women’s basketball team proved too much for Northern Michigan, as the Wildcats fell 72-49 on Saturday (Dec. 3) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
NMU falls to 3-4 on the season and 0-1 in the GLIAC, while MTU improves to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC.
The Huskies opened the contest on an 11-4 run by the 15:07 mark with a Lynn Giesler layup. NMU fired back with a run of its own, cutting the lead to just one point at the 8:32 mark in the first half with a 3-pointer from freshman guard Alyssa Colla.
That would be as close the ‘Cats would get in the first half as the Huskies took a 10-point, 34-24 lead at halftime off of a pair of made free throws from Sam Hoyt.
MTU continued to stretch its lead out in the second half, using a 62.5 percent (5-8) performance from beyond the arc in the second stanza and shooting 56.5 percent (13-23) for the game. NMU could get no closer than 11 points and struggled to contain the strong outside shooting performance by the Huskies.
The ‘Cats were paced by senior forward Hillary Bowling with 13 points and three rebounds. Freshman guard Alyssa Colla continued her impressive streak, tying a career high for the second straight contest with 12 points.
The Huskies were led by Krista Kasuboski with 19 points and three rebounds.
NMU shoot only 35.7 percent (15-42) from the field but converted on 50 percent (5-10) from three-point land.
MTU won the battle of the boards, outrebounding NMU 33-22 and converting on 10-second chance points.
NMU returns home to the Berry Events Center next Thursday (Dec. 8) hosting Tiffin University. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m
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