NMU women’s basketball: Wildcats suffer first GLIAC loss at Ashland

ASHLAND, Ohio – Outscored 44-30 in the second half, the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team Thursday suffered its first GLIAC loss of the season, 74-60, to host Ashland (Ohio) University.

Junior guard Alyssa Colla scored 10 points and junior forward Abbey DeBruin grabbed 11 rebounds, but the No. 24-ranked Wildcats still fell to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the league.

Junior guard Lauren Gruber added nine points and nine boards for NMU.

Taylor Woods poured in 26 points for Ashland (7-4, 5-2). Teammate McKenzie Miller chipped in 16 points, while Suzy Wollenhaupt contributed 12.

The Wildcats led most of the first half, but it took a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Nea Makela with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 30-30 heading into the break.

NMU recaptured the lead when Gruber hit a jumper with 18:14 left in the game.

But Ashland went on a 10-1 run to take a 42-33 advantage after Woods had sunk a layup with just over 14 minutes to go.

NMU outrebounded Ashland, 45-34, and outscored the winners 28-24 in the paint.

But the Wildcats shot but 34.5 percent from the floor (20-of-58) and went 4-12 from 3-point range. Ashland was 44.4 percent (28-63) and 5-of-12, respectively.

NMU continues action on the road at 1 p.m. Saturday when it travels to Lake Erie for a GLIAC matchup.