MARQUETTE — Last Thursday, the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team suffered a tough loss to Grand Valley State in a game where they were competitive for the majority of the contest. With the standings as close as they are, they couldn’t afford to slip up this late in the season. It was another competitive outing against Ferris State but this time, the Lady Wildcats came out with the win.
NMU gets the win 59–49 behind a monster game from Bre Gaspervich. The junior guard scored a career–high 27 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Lady Wildcats. Afterwards, the team talked about the big win.
“We were open a lot. I thought we had some good shots and didn’t get them to go and it has a lot to do with being tired. This young lady on my right stepped up big time in the whole second half and kind of took over the whole game and just made play after play and we were excited about that,” head coach Troy Mattson said.
“I knew we had to come with a lot of energy with it being an 11 a.m. game. Ferris was on the road and we were lucky enough to sleep in our own beds so we kind of just took advantage of that,” said Gaspervich.
NMU wraps up a stretch of five games in ten days, as they move to 9–8 within the GLIAC. So how do they feel now?
“Tired but I’m happy with how we’ve played for this stretch. Everyone is tired but I think that everyone stuck with it and stuck with the game plan for each game that we played. Everyone had to have mental toughness, physical toughness and I think that we had that for the whole time,” forward Kendall Martenet said.
“Yeah tired pretty much but mind over matter. We just have to keep playing through. It’s the end of the season and everyone’s tired so it’s just kind of who wants it the most so just got to keep pushing through it,” Gaspervich said.
“We’ll have a real light practice on Tuesday then we’ll get on the bus and go down to Saginaw and see if we can go after one of the best teams in the league on their home court, who I thought we played really well against last time and had a chance until we had a little struggle offensively late in the second half. So hopefully we can come up with a nice little upset for us,” Mattson said.
The Lady Wildcats face off against Saginaw Valley down in University Center on Thursday.