Northern Michigan ousted from GLIAC women’s basketball tournament at top-seeded Ashland

MARQUETTE – The No. 8 Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team was held to a season-low in scoring and was ousted for the second consecutive season from the first round of the GLIAC tournament by top-seeded Ashland, this year 68-35 at Kates Gymnasium in Ohio on Wednesday night.

The Eagles (29-1, 21-1) defeated the Wildcats (13-14 overall, 10-12 in GLIAC) a year ago in Ohio in the postseason, 76-56.

The first half of Wednesday’s postseason matchup started very much like the regular season matchup on Jan. 3 in Marquette. That night Ashland jumped out to a 33-16 lead, but NMU matched the Eagles in the second half, 30-30, to only lose by 17.

AU went up 38-19 on Northern after 20 minutes of the postseason duel, then kept its foot on the gas, out-scoring the ‘Cats 30-16 over the final 20 minutes.

Four Eagles finished in double figures compared to none for NMU. AU senior Kari Daugherty posted her fourth double-double against NMU, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds – both career-lows against the Wildcats.

Ashland did get 21 points from Daiva Gerbec, 18 from Alyssa Miller and 12 from Taylor Woods, with Miller also nabbing eight rebounds. All four – Daugherty, Gerbec, Miller and Wood – are starters and all four played 30 or more of 40 minutes.

NMU was led in scoring by sophomore guards Alyssa Colla and Lauren Gruber, who each posted eight points. Colla also led NMU in rebounding with seven boards.