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      NMU womenâ??s basketball drops first home contest to Ferris State 69-61

      MARQUETTE, Mich. â?? The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team lost its first home game of the season Saturday 69-61 to Ferris State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference action at the Berry Events Center.

      The loss drops NMU to 11-3 overall and 8-2 in the GLIAC. Ferris State improved to 6-7 with a 5-5 record in the league.

      Junior guard Alyssa Colla led the Wildcats with a career-high 27 points and was the only NMU player in double-digit scoring.

      "We didn't have the energy we had Thursday night. Thursday night the ball moved crisply to open people, people shot the ball crisply," said NMU head coach Troy Mattson. "Today we looked tired and lethargic and didn't play very well. But when those days happen you have to have an inside game and we couldn't establish anything."

      NMU got within six points twice late in the second half when Colla hit a three with 3:01 remaining and again when freshman guard Bre Gaspervich sunk two free throws with 2:12 left in the contest.

      NMU dominated the boards 43-27 and were 21-6 on the offensive boards. The Wildcats outscored Ferris State 26-22 in the paint. Ferris State took advantage of 18 NMU turnovers scoring 20 points off those miscues.

      Junior forward Abbey DeBruin led the Wildcats with nine rebounds while sophomore forward Nea Makela had eight.

      Colla led the Wildcats with 10 first-half points. The Wildcats led by six early in the game but Ferris State took a 31-22 lead at the half as Destiny Robinson and Sarah DeShone 11 and 10 first-half points for the Bulldogs, respectively.

      NMU shot 35.9 percent from the floor going 23-64 and were 7-9 from the charity stripe. Ferris was 22-43 (51.2%) from the floor and 7-14 from three-point range.

      DeShone led Ferris State with 17, followed by Robinson with 16 and Christina Branch with 12.

      NMU returns to action on Thursday (Jan. 23) at Saginaw Valley. Tipoff against the Cardinals is set for 6 p.m.