NMU basketball roundup: Wildcats women top Hillsdale to improve to 4-0 in GLIAC

HILLSDALE – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team remained undefeated in GLIAC play with their fourth win in a row Monday via a 73-67 decision at Hillsdale College.

Northern, which improved to 7-1 overall as well, was led in scoring by junior guard Alyssa Colla’s 24 points. Senior forward Annie Rubendunst had 14 points, junior guard Lauren Gruber posted 13 points and sophomore forward Nea Makela finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

“It was a great road trip for us,” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “The girls really played well and we look forward to the Christmas holiday.”

NMU jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first half, but Hillsdale rallied to temporarily take the lead before Northern went into the locker room at halftime up 32-29.

NMU trailed momentarily in the second half as well before a pair of Colla free throws put the Chargers down by 10 points with 1:14 to play.

The Wildcats finished 21 of 26 from the free throw line with Gruber hitting 7-of-10, Colla nailing 6-of-6 and junior forward Abbey DeBriun making 5-of-6 attempts en route to nine total points.

Northern shot 23-of-49 (46.9 percent) from the field and 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc.


NMU men fall 88-64

Junior guard Ethan Blackwell scored 21 points but the ‘Cats still fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the GLIAC in a road loss to the Chargers.

“Certainly tonight, we ran into a bit of a buzz saw,” NMU head coach Bill Sall said. “We played a team that was pretty good even thought they came into the game 0-3 in the league. They have five seniors and they dominated us in the second half.”

Junior forward Justin Newell had 13 points for the Wildcats and junior forward Chavis Mattison added 11. Sophomore guard Terry Nash led NMU with six rebounds.

NMU trailed by 12 late in the first half, but a 7-2 run cut the Chargers’ margin to 39-32 at halftime.

Hillsdale shot 63 percent in the second half, however, to put Northern away.