HILLSDALE, Mich. – Despite a combined 34 points from freshman guard Alyssa Colla and senior guard Chelsea Lyons, the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team fell at Hillsdale 68-62 on Thursday (Jan. 26).
With the loss, NMU falls to 8-10 on the season and 4-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Hillsdale improves to 9-9 overall and 5-6 in the conference.
Hillsdale took control of the game early with a four-point, 9-5 lead at the 17:01 mark of the first half with a layup from Elizabeth Brannick. The Chargers held the lead through the first 12 minutes of the contest before NMU finally broke through with a jumper from senior forward Staci Beckel at the 8:48 mark, good for a 21-20 game. The Chargers would strike back in the waning seconds with a Lea Jones layup to retake the lead.
Hillsdale took a 34-29 lead into the break.
The ‘Cats took their final lead of the game with 17:54 left on the clock, when sophomore center Annie Rubendunst hit a three-pointer for a 37-36 lead. Rubendunst totaled 10 points in second half, though NMU’s lead lasted only 30 seconds as the Chargers came roaring from behind and never looked back.
The ‘Cats were able to get within four when Colla drained a three-pointer from long distance with eight seconds left but were forced to foul, with the Chargers sealing the game at the charity stripe.
NMU was led by Lyons, who scored 17 points to go along with a career-high six assists. Colla also tied a career-high with 17 points, going 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.
The Chargers were led by Chelsea Harrison with 22 points. Harrison was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line.
NMU shot only 31.3 percent (20-64) from the field and 26.5 percent (9-34) from three-point land.
The ‘Cats outrebounded the Chargers 46-36.
NMU concludes its two-game road trip against Northwood on Saturday (Jan. 28). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
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