Grand Valley State ends NMU women’s basketball season

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ALLENDALE, Mich. (WLUC) — The University of Northern Michigan women’s basketball team fought hard at No. 2 Grand Valley State in the GLIAC quarterfinals, but the Lakers retired in the fourth quarter to win 71-52. The Wildcats season ended with a 12-16 overall record and a 7-13 GLIAC record.

STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Makaylee Kuhn led the way with 10 points while Ana Rhude and Elena Alaix added eight each.
  • Ana Rhude led the way on the glass, collecting seven rebounds.
  • NMU shot 20-47 (42.6%) from the floor for the game

FIRST QUARTER Elizabeth Lutz drained the first bucket of the game, hitting nothing but nylon deep for a 3-0 lead for NMU. Elena Alaix knocked down a base jumper to give the Wildcats the game’s top five. The Lakers got their first bucket just over three minutes. A Makaylee Kuhn hoop made the Cats 7-2 midway through the first quarter. The Lakers offense started to pick up a pace, shooting in a pair at 11-9. The game was tied 11-11 after the first quarter.

SECOND QUARTER The Lakers took their first lead of the night, connecting on a shot from downtown for a 14-11 lead. Makaylee Kuhn dropped an elbow jumper to stop a Lakers run. It was 16-13 Lakers early in the second. Ana Rhude scored one through the window in the paint after a Lakers triple. GVSU led 22-17 halfway through the quarter. Grand Valley pushed their lead into double digits on a corner triple with 4:30 left. The score was 27-17 Lakers. Kayla Tierney hit a deep triple to come back to single digits at 29-20. Tierney continued with the hot hand, knocking down a corner three to shoot within four in the final minute. The Lakers were leading 30-25 before halftime.

AT THE HALF OF IT OR IN THE MIDDLE Kayla Tierney and Elena Alaix had 6 points each to lead NMU. GVSU shot 11-25 (44%) and NMU shot 10-25 (40%) in the half. Northern was 3-5 (60%) from downtown.

THIRD QUARTER Elena Alaix got the first bucket of the second half for the Wildcats. Makaylee Kuhn got a jumper to pass in transition to pull NMU within a point at 32-31. After five GVSU directs, Mackenzie Holzwart connected from downtown for her first scratch. NMU stayed with one possession. Ana Rhude continued to be a force downstairs, getting another bucket to pick up two of her eight points in the quarter. GVSU led 50-42 after three.

FOURTH TRIMESTER GVSU started the quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 15-point lead. The Lakers continued their hot start to the frame, making it a 19-3 run to take a 69-45 lead. Emily Mueller connected on a three late in the quarter. GVSU won 71-52, ending the Wildcats’ season.

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