FINDLAY, Ohio - A 16-4 run during the final five-plus minutes of the game enabled the Northern Michigan University women's basketball team to rally for a 71-66 GLIAC win over host Findlay on Saturday.
Coach Troy Mattson's Wildcats, who also trailed 43-31 early in the second half, improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the GLIAC with the triumph.
Junior guard Lauren Gruber led the Wildcats with 16 points. Senior forward Annie Rubendunst added 13, with sophomore forward Nea Makela and junior guard Alyssa Colla contributing 11 each.
Margaret Wuebker led Findlay (4-2, 2-2) with 21 points.
Makela hit a 3-point shot with 18:29 remaining in the second to spark a 23-10 run for NMU and erase the 12-point deficit. Rubendunst capped the surge with a triple.
The Oilers built a seven-point lead when Karli Bonar hit a trey with 5:54 remaining, but NMU then went on the offensive surge to take the win.
NMU shot 24 of 54 from the floor (44.4 percent) and was 13 of 14 from the free throw line (92.9 percent).
The Wildcats outrebounded Findlay, 36-32, and outscored the Oilers 24-18 in the paint.
The Wildcats return to GLIAC action at 6 p.m. Monday at Hillsdale.
NMU men fall short
Also at Findlay, junior forward Chavis Mattison sparked off the bench, but couldn't prevent the Northern Michigan University men from losing to the No. 15-ranked Oilers, 78-69, in GLIAC play.
Mattison scored a team-high 21 points, but the Wildcats of head coach Bill Sall still fell to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Mattison went 7 of 10 from the field, 3 of 4 from 3-point range and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He also led NMU with seven rebounds.
Junior guard Ethan Blackwell added 18 points for NMU. Junior forward Justin Newell chipped in 14.
Dylan Kaufman led the Oilers (5-1, 2-1) with 20 points.
Findlay led 43-33 going into the second half, but NMU outscored the Oilers 36-35 in the final 20 minutes.
"It was a day where we certainly did some good things. I thought we competed well in a really tough environment - as well as we have competed all year," Sall said in an NMU press release.
"We made a bunch of errors in the game, which you can't do if you want to beat a good team on the road."
The Wildcats shot 41 percent from the floor, connecting on 25 of 61 of their field goal attempts.
NMU was 6 of 17 from 3-point range (35.3 percent) and 13 of 18 from the free throw line (72.2 percent).