MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team took an early lead and cruised to a 102-40 domination of Finlandia University on Saturday at the Berry Events Center.
"It was great to get everybody the opportunity to get out there and make plays, and I thought we did that from top to bottom," NMU coach Troy Mattson said.
Every one of the Wildcats reached the scoring column.
Bre Gaspervich put in a team-high 11 points while playing 25 minutes. Although being 5-foot-5, the freshman guard is outside of the Wildcats' typical mold for recruiting, Mattson said she will be a special player.
"I'm just glad she's getting as many minutes as she is right now to prepare her for the tough games that are going to be coming up," her coach said.
Junior teammate Brooke Coenen added 10 points and led the team with seven rebounds. Five players had nine points each.
Mattson said the Wildcats are working on a new defensive style of play, but he was not satisfied with their ability to rebound the ball on the defensive end.
"We watched a lot instead of going to get the basketball,"?he said.
Typical with younger teams, Mattson said one of NMU's biggest challenges is maintaining consistency.
NMU will step up its competition in the next few contests, facing Lewis University at home next Sunday and Concordia-St. Paul on the road on the night before Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.
"It's going to be exciting to see what happens to us in the next couple weeks and see exactly where we fit in the mold as someone who can compete at the national level," Mattson said.
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