NMU women take to road to open GLIAC tournament

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season last week and finished with a record of 17-9 and 15-7 in the GLIAC.

Senior Alyssa Colla finished the season second in the conference in scoring with 18.1 points per game, while fellow senior Lauren Gruber was eighth in the GLIAC with 13.4 ppg. Gruber also shot 87.9 percent from the charity stripe, which was good enough for 23rd in the nation.

NMU as a whole was second in the country in free throw percentage at 80.4 percent and was 22nd in the nation in scoring defense after allowing only 58.4 ppg.

The No. 5 seeded Wildcats now must focus on the postseason as they play No. 4 seed Grand Valley State Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Tournament.

The Lakers finished the season at 19-7 overall and 16-6 in the GLIAC. GVSU led the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging only 10.4, and is the GLIAC’s top 3-point shooting team with 7.7 per game.

GVSU is led by junior Brionna Barnett, who averaged 15.3 points per game, while Kayla Dawson and Kat LaPrairie also finished in double figures with 12.9 and 10 points respectively.

The Lakers swept the Wildcats this season winning 68-61 in Marquette and 62-58 at home.

The game will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Allendale. The winner moves on to the semifinals Saturday where it will face either Hillsdale or Michigan Tech.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.