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      NMU women's basketball falls 75-72 at Wayne State

      DETROIT, Mich. â?? The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team finished up its first downstate road trip of the year with a 75-72 loss at Wayne State.

      The loss drops the Wildcats to 11-5 overall with an 8-4 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference action. Wayne State improved to 14-2 with an 11-1 league mark with the win.

      Junior guard Alyssa Colla led three Wildcats scoring in double-figures with a team-high 23 points. Senior forward Annie Rubendunst was second on the squad with 19 and junior guard Lauren Gruber added 12.

      Wayne State jumped out to a 16-4 lead with 14:21 left in the first half before NMU went on an 8-0 run capped by a steal and fast break layup by Gruber which cut the Wayne State lead to four, 16-12.

      A layup by Colla with just four-seconds left in the half tied the game 35-35 at the break.

      Sophomore forward Nea Makela hit a three-pointer early in the second half (19:18) giving NMU its first lead of the game 38-37. Gruber then followed up with a three-pointer at 18:54 to put NMU back on top 41-38.

      The Wildcats took their largest lead of the game 54-46 when Colla connected on a three-pointer with 12:41 left in the game.

      Wayne State used a 9-0 run to recapture the lead, which it never relinquished.

      NMU outscored Wayne State 7-2 in the final two minutes of the contest but were unable to recapture the lead.

      "I thought we played extremely hard today and had two shots within the last 30 seconds to win the game, unfortunately we didn't hit them," said NMU head coach Troy Mattson.

      Wayne State outrebounded the Wildcats 34-33 and outscored NMU 36-28 in the paint. NMU shot 47.5 percent from the floor connecting on 28-59 of their attempts.

      Kayla Bridges led all players scoring 27 points for Wayne State.

      The Wildcats return to action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30) hosting Lake Superior State at the Berry Events Center.