March 27, 2012

Women’s Basketball Season Recap

Senior guard Chelsea Lyons.
Senior guard Chelsea Lyons.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team finished the 2011-12 season with a 13-14 overall record and a 9-10 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The ‘Cats finished third in the GLIAC North Division and seventh overall in the standings.

The season marked the seventh under head coach Troy Mattson. Mattson has coached in 165 games for the green and gold with 85 victories.

NMU finished the nonconference schedule with a 4-4 record. They started off the season with a loss at home against Minnesota-Duluth (Nov. 13) before getting two wins against Alma (Nov. 18) and Urbana (Nov. 19) at the Northwood Classic. The following weekend at the Indianapolis Tournament, NMU fell to Marian (Nov. 25) and Indianapolis (Nov. 26). The ‘Cats closed out November by defeating Davenport (Nov. 28) on the road.

December opened with the first GLIAC matchup at Michigan Tech (Dec. 3), where the ‘Cats were defeated. NMU came home and split a two-game series, losing to Tiffin (Dec. 8) and beat Ohio Dominican (Dec. 10). The Wildcats played on the road for two more games, defeating Grand Valley (Dec.18) and losing to Ferris State (Dec. 19). They closed out 2011 with a home victory against nonconference Finlandia (Dec.28).

To kick-off 2012, NMU hosted Michigan Tech (Jan. 5) and fell 60-66. Coach Mattson’s squad had a two-game win streak on the road against Saginaw Valley (Jan. 12) and Lake Superior State (Jan. 14). The ‘Cats ended January with four straight losses against Grand Valley (Jan. 19), Ferris State (Jan. 21), Hillsdale (Jan. 26) and Northwood (Jan. 28).

Northern finished out the last month of competition with a 5-3 record, with four of the five victories at the Berry Events Center. Wins came against Wayne State (Feb. 2), Findlay (Feb. 4), Lake Erie (Feb. 16), Northwood (Feb. 23) and Saginaw Valley (Feb. 25). The three losses were against Lake Superior State (Feb. 9) and twice against Ashland.

NMU qualified for the GLIAC Tournament as the eighth seed. Top-seed, and eventual NCAA runner-up, Ashland defeated the ‘Cats 56-76 to end the season on Feb. 29.

Senior guard Chelsea Lyons was named to the All-GLIAC First Team and GLIAC All-Defensive team. Lyons had seven 20-point games and two 30-point games, including a career-high 34 points against Northwood on Feb. 23. Four members were also received academic honors in the GLIAC. Sophomores Katie Becker and Annie Rubendunst were named to the All-GLIAC Excellence team. Lyons and redshirt freshman Brooke Coenen were name to the All-GLIAC Academic team.

Lyons was the lone player to average double figures with 16.9 points per game. Her 457 points were the 19th all-time in a single NMU season. She also led the team in rebounding (163), assists (77) and steals (57).

Freshman guard Alyssa Colla averaged 8.7 points per game, scoring 236. Senior Hillary Bowling was three points back for an average of 8.6. Lyons and Bowling each started in all 27 games for the season, while Colla started in 26.

Freshman center Courtney Lemon scored 204 points, Rubendunst had 121 and freshman guard Lauren Gruber had 118 while shooting 45.5 percent from the three-point line.

Bowling, Lyons and Staci Beckel were the seniors on the squad while 13 others will return for the 2012-13 season.

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