ALLENDALE - After 15 ties and 12 lead changes, the Northern Michigan University women's basketball team got a layup from freshman guard Alyssa Colla with 2:45 to play in the ballgame to go ahead and stay ahead in a 54-52 victory on the road in GLIAC play at Grand Valley State on Sunday.
Senior Hillary Bowling led the Wildcats (5-5 overall, 2-2 in the GLIAC) with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and a 4-for-4 day from 3-point territory. Sophomore center Annie Rubendunst had 11 points for NMU while Colla and senior Chelsea Lyons each had eight.
The Lakers (4-5 overall, 1-3 in GLIAC) were led by Brianna Taylor's 15 points.
GVSU picked up a four-point lead just before halftime, but that was erased via free throws by Bowling and freshman guard Lauren Gruber to knot the game at 29-29.
The 'Cats shot 40 percent from the field, hitting 18-of-15 field goal attempts. They were 7-of-18 from beyond the arc and outrebounded by the Lakers 32-22.
The Wildcats continue on the road today against Ferris State at 5 p.m. in Big Rapids.