NMU women’s hoops: Wildcats come up short at SVSU

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Annie Rubendunst led four Northern Michigan University players in double figures scoring-wise, but the Wildcat women still dropped a 71-68 GLIAC basketball decision to host Saginaw Valley State on Thursday.

Rubendunst tossed in 18 points and hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds – her first career double-double -but the Wildcats of head coach Troy Mattson still fell to 11-4 overall and 8-3 in the league with their second straight loss.

Alyssa Colla added 13 points and teammates Abbey DeBruin and Lauren Gruber contributed 10 apiece for NMU.

The Cardinals led at the half, 37-25, but a 3-point bucket by DeBruin with 2:32 left in the game tied the score at 62-62.

Rubendunst then hit a triple to give NMU its first lead of the contest, 65-63, with 1:53 remaining. But SVSU, after a bucket by Womack, went 5 of 6 from the free throw line down the stretch to pick up the win.

“It was a very disappointing loss,” Mattson said. “We didn’t come ready to play again.

“But I do commend the five players that played in the second half. They played hard and it’s unfortunate we weren’t able to get the win.”