NMU basketball roundup: Wildcats swept by Wayne State

DETROIT – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team lost its third straight game Saturday, falling 75-72 at Wayne State in GLIAC play in Detroit.

All three losses for NMU (11-5 overall, 8-4 in GLIAC) have been by eight points or less with both defeats this weekend at Saginaw Valley State and WSU (14-2, 11-1) coming by three points.

“I thought we played extremely hard today and had two shots within the last 30 seconds to win the game,” NMU head coach Troy Mattson said. “Unfortunately we didn’t hit them.”

Junior guard Alyssa Colla led NMU with a team-high 23 points while senior forward Annie Rubendunst totaled 19 and junior guard Lauren Gruber added 12. Junior forward Abbey DeBruin had team-highs of six rebounds and four assists.

NMU shot 47.5 percent from the field on 28 of 59 shooting and 41.7 percent from 3-point range, hitting 10 of 24 attempts. The Wildcats only got to the free throw line nine times, making six.

Wayne State jumped out to a 16-4 lead with 14:21 left in the first half before NMU went on an 8-0 run capped by a steal and layup by Gruber to cut Wayne State’s lead to four, 16-12.

A layup by Colla with just four-seconds left before half tied the game at 35-35.

Sophomore forward Nea Makela hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second half to give Northern its first lead of the game 38-37.

The Wildcats’ largest lead of the afternoon came at 54-46 when Colla hit a 3 with 12:41 to play.

Wayne State used a 9-0 run to recapture the lead, however, which it never relinquished, despite NMU outscoring the Warriors 7-2 over the final two minutes.

NMU men fall to WSU

The Wildcats’ men’s basketball team shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half, but only 35.4 percent the entire game on Saturday to drop a 61-51 GLIAC contest at Wayne State.

Junior Ethan Blackwell led the ‘Cats with 14 points while sophomore Terry Nash, junior Justin Newell and freshman Marcus Hall each had 10 points. Nash also had a team-high three assists.

A last-second jump shot by Hall gave NMU a 36-34 lead at halftime after Blackwell and Newell tied the game with back-to-back 3s.

Northern’s last lead came on a 3-point play by junior Larry Taylor with 15:24 to play and Wayne State used an 11-0 run to jump ahead by 10, never looking back.