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      NMU womenâ??s basketball rolls to 81-66 win over Grand Valley State

      MARQUETTE , Mich. â?? Junior guard Alyssa Colla and freshman guard Bre Gaspervich scored career highs to lead the Northern Michigan women's basketball team to a 81-66 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference matchup against Grand Valley State Thursday at the Berry Events Center.

      The Wildcats never trailed as they improved to 11-2 overall with an 8-1 record in the GLIAC. Grand Valley fell to 8-5 with a 6-3 league mark.

      The win was the first in the series for NMU since 2010-11 season and the first win at home since the 2008-09 season.

      Colla led all players with 25 points followed by junior guard Lauren Gruber with 19 and Gaspervich with 18. Gaspervich also led the Wildcats with five rebounds.

      "We have good shooters on our team and some nights it just falls into place," said NMU head coach Troy Mattson. "We were rewarded for coming in here and doing what we are supposed to do. We base ourselves as a rebounding team and some nights you don't know if you are going to make shots or not. When they do go in, you look like a good basketball team."

      Gaspervich hit a jumper with 9:53 remaining to give the Wildcats their largest lead of the game 69-42. Grand Valley closed out the game on a 10-0 run but was unable to get within reach of the lead.

      The Wildcats retained a 20-plus point lead through most of the second half until GVSU's late run.

      NMU outrebounded Grand Valley State 34-29 and connected on 54-percent of their shots from the floor (27-50). The Wildcats were 15-26 (57.7%) from three-point range and 12-15 (80%) from the free throw line.

      NMU jumped out to a 50-28 lead at the break, led by Colla's 17 first half points. It was the first time this season the Wildcats had scored 50 in the first half of a contest. Gruber added 12 first-half points while Gaspervich had 10. The Wildcats shot 58.6 â??percent from the floor connecting on 17-29 of their shots from the floor. NMU was also 8-12 from three-point range and was 8-9 from the charity stripe.

      Kayla Dawson came off the bench to lead two GVSU players in double-digit scoring with 15. Bailey Cairnduff added 13 points and led Grand Valley with six rebounds.

      NMU returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday when they host Ferris State at the Berry Events Center.