MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Junior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn./North Woods) was selected to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason All-GLIAC Team. The Wildcats will also host Finlandia College in an exhibition game Saturday.
Youngstrom was named to the team after earning All-GLIAC Second Team and All-GLIAC Defensive Team last season. She led the Wildcats with 12.5 points a game, 6.6 rebounds a game, and shot 50% from the field.
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Becoming the leaders: In addition to Youngstrom, juniors Chloe Tompkins (Dousman, Wisc./Kettle Moraine), Emily Schramek (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy), Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wisc./DC Everest), Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.), and Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) all return and look to move into a leadership role as the team elders this season.
A year of experience: Sophomores Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wisc.), Bailey Denis (De Pere Wisc./West De Pere), Emma Benoit (Gilberts, Ill./Hampshire), Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.), Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wisc.), and redshirt freshmen Terese Ledy (Marquette, Mich.) and Danielle Hartjes (Kaukauna, Wisc.) return for their second season after gaining experience last year during their rookie campaign.
New Faces: NMU welcomes Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wisc.), Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.), Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wisc./Northland Pines) and Allissa Willa (Wilson, Mich./North Central) to the squad and each aims to make an impact during their first season of collegiate basketball.
GLIAC Prediction: The 2017-18 Wildcats are predicted to finish third in the North Division of the GLIAC. NMU trails Michigan Technological University, 58 points, and Grand Valley State University, 57 points, but tied both schools with four first-place votes.
Looking to improve: After winning 17 games last season, the Wildcats return 13 of 14 players from last season's team. This year's team will look to improve on their nearly 60 points a game average.
In the middle: Hodell and Schultz look to improve their production inside after averaging nearly 16 points between the two of them.
Hitting from downtown: Weatherly led NMU from the three-point line, hitting 40.5% of her threes. She will continue to lead the team as Dillinger, Benoit, Schramek, Youngstrom, Tompkins and Delorit seek improved shooting from long-range.