NMU ready for NCAA Basketball Tournament

Photo Courtesy of the GLIAC

The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team will play against Quincy in the first round of the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament.

Wildcats head coach Troy Mattson told me earlier this week that he was glad his team was able to play back–to–back games in the GLIAC Tournament, because that scenario may just become a reality for the ‘Cats this weekend.

“When you get into the Regional Tournament, you have to play back-to-back (games), you need to know what that feels like,” said Mattson. “We’re just going to go out there an play our game. That’s all we’ve been doing all season long and it’s really worked down the stretch.”

“Playing back-to-back games is not easy,” said Wildcats junior guard Alyssa Colla. “Hopefully if we win, we will have another chance to do that.”

“I think we’ve worked really hard and we deserve it,” said NMU junior guard Lauren Gruber. “We’ve been together for two or three years now, so it’s great to see the work that we’ve put in start to pay off for something really, really awesome that not a lot of teams get to experience.”

“We know that we can beat teams like Wayne State and even teams like Lewis,” said Wildcats junior forward Abby Debruin. “I think we have even bigger plans and even bigger dreams. I think that this team is definitely capable of doing some damage.”

Tip–off between NMU and Quincy is set for 9:30 p.m. eastern on Friday.