Wildcat women win 4th straight

SAULT STE. MARIE- The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team used some hot shooting Thursday to win its fourth game in a row this time at Lake Superior State on Thursday night.

The Wildcats (16-8, 14-6 GLIAC) shot 60 percent from the field and were 6 of 14 from beyond the arc in a 69-49 win over the Lakers. Alyssa Colla led NMU with 22 points as she moved into fifth place on the Wildcats’ career scoring list.

A layup from sophomore guard Bre Gaspervich capped off a 15-4 run that gave the Wildcats a 27-14 lead with 6:07 left in the first half. NMU was able to extend its lead to 34-17 by halftime after a late layup from senior Nea Makela.

The Wildcats held the Lakers to just 29 percent shooting (7 of 24) in the first half, including no 3-pointers.

Northern opened the second half with another big run, this one 20-5, to go up 47-19 with 15:22 left. NMU led by as many as 30 points in the second half.

Senior forward Abbey DeBruin finished the game with four rebounds as she became the 18th player in NMU history to reach 500 career rebounds.

Gaspervich had 13 points, while Lauren Gruber and Makela each finished with 11 for the Wildcats, who travel to Northwood for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.