NMU women’s basketball: Colla sparks Wildcats to season sweep of GVSU

ALLENDALE – Northern Michigan University junior guard Alyssa Colla poured in 26 points to spark the Wildcats women’s basketball team to a 61-59 road GLIAC win over Grand Valley State on Thursday.

Colla shot 11 of 18 from the floor and was 4 of 4 from the free throw line for the Wildcats (13-7 overall, 10-6 GLIAC).

“We played really well in stretches, especially in the second half,” NMU coach Troy Mattson said. “I thought Colla had a really good game and Aly Matkovich gave us a good game.”

The win, coupled with an 81-66 victory over the Lakers in Marquette on Jan. 16, gave NMU its first sweep of GVSU since the 2003-04 season.

NMU led 27-25 at the half after battling through four ties and eight lead changes. Colla paved the way with eight points.

The Wildcats led for the entire second half, starting on a jumper and two free throws by junior guard Lauren Gruber to extend the NMU lead to 31-25.

Northern took a 10 point lead – 47-37 – with 10:15 remaining on a layup from Colla.

GVSU eventually cut the NMU advantage to 59-58 with eight seconds left on the clock.

Colla then hit two free throws with four seconds remaining to make it 61-59.

The Lakers (10-10, 8-8) then made a free throw before missing one with three seconds left to end the scoring.

Dani Crandal paced the Lakers with 20 points. Kayla Dawson added 18.