MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team continues play at home this weekend in two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchups. The Wildcats take on Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 7) with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. and concludes the weekend on Saturday (Feb. 9) against Ferris State at 1 p.m.
Northern enters the week at 11-8 and 8-7 in conference play after defeating Michigan Tech 69-60 on Saturday (Feb. 2). With the win, NMU knocked the Huskies out of first place in the GLIAC North Division. The Wildcats trailed for most of the game, but snuck away with the win after taking the lead in the last six minutes of play.
Sophomore guards Lauren Gruber (12.4) and Alyssa Colla (11.9) lead NMU in scoring. In the rebound column, freshman forward Nea Makela leads with 5.9 per game, while Gruber (5.1) and sophomore forward Abbey DeBruin (5.2) are close behind.
Grand Valley State sits in third place of the GLIAC North Division with a 14-5 overall record and 10-5 mark in the conference. Ferris State is one spot below in fourth with at 10-8 overall and 9-6 in the GLIAC. The two teams faced off on Saturday (Feb. 2) from Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Lakers went home with the 83-73 win against its West Michigan rival. Kellie Watson and Marquette High School alum Daina Grazulis combined for 15 points off the bench in the game for the Lakers. GVSU shot 45.6 percent, while the Bulldogs were 53 percent from the floor. With the loss, the Bulldogs are on a three-game losing streak coming into Saturday’s matchup.
Briauna Taylor is the only Laker averaging double figures with 15.5 points in 19 games. Alex Stelfox and Lauren Stodola each tally nine. Taylor also leads in rebounds with a 6.7 average.
For the Bulldogs, Sarah DeShone averages 18.6 points per game, and is in second place in the conference for points per game. Ashley Rando (10.3) and Kylie Muntz (10.1) each average over 10 points. Kara Hess (5.8), Hannah Hoffman (5.3) and DeShone (5.1) pull down the most rebounds for the Bulldogs.
The Lakers edge the all-time series against NMU, 39-38. The two teams met back on Jan. 10 when the Lakers took the 58-48 win from Allendale, Mich. The last time the Wildcats defeated GVSU from the Berry Events Center was during the 2008-09 season.
NMU holds the 42-25 record over the Bulldogs, but have won only one of the last four meetings. The Bulldogs won 47-46 earlier this season (Jan. 12).
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Saturday’s game in participation of the Pink Wave. All net profits from Saturday’s men’s and women’s basketball games and hockey game will be donated to Cancer Care of Marquette.
100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio voice of the NMU Wildcats, will broadcast both games.
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