UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – A strong second half run and a career night by sophomore center Annie Rubendunst propelled the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team to a 46-35 conference win at Saginaw Valley State tonight (Jan. 12).
With the win, NMU improves to 7-7 on the season and 3-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. SVSU falls to 3-11 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
Despite jumping out to an early 13-6 lead by the 12:34 mark in the first half, the Wildcats struggled to shoot the ball. NMU connected on only 23.4 (8-34) percent from the field and a season-low 6.7 percent (1-15) from beyond the arc. The poor shooting allowed the Cardinals to hold the ‘Cats to just six points in the final twelve minutes of the first stanza, taking a 22-19 lead into the half.
In need of a spark, Rubendunst took command for the ‘Cats as NMU opened the second half on a 15-0 run. NMU held a 12 point, 34-22 lead at the 11:40 mark before SVSU finally got on the scoreboard, breaking a nearly nine minute scoring drought.
Rubendunst led the second half attack, scoring 14 of her game-high 16 points in the final 20 minutes of play as NMU limited SVSU to just 13 second half points.
The ‘Cats outscored the Cardinals in the second half 27-13.
The ‘Cats were led by Rubendunst, who scored a career-high 16 points off of the bench. The sophomore was (7-9) from the field and recorded eight rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Chelsea Lyons netted 13 points and grabbed eight boards.
The Cardinals were led by Grace Herzog and Aysha Boston, who each scored eight points.
NMU shot only 29.7 percent (19-64) from the field and 17.4 percent (4-23) from three-point land.
The ‘Cats won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Cardinals 40-37.
NMU travels back to the Upper Peninsula for a matinee game at Lake Superior State on Saturday (Jan. 14). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
GAME NOTES: NMU surrendered a season-low 35 points and the 13 points scored by SVSU in the second half was also a season-low…The 35 points was also the fewest given up by the ‘Cats since a 65-32 win over Northland College (11/15/09).
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