MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball Team hits the road for Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action as they visit Purdue University Northwest Thursday and Grand Valley State University Saturday.
The Wildcats take on the Pride 6 p.m., 5 p.m. CT. Thursday night. They then take on the GVSU Lakers Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Thursday's game can be followed with video and live stats. Saturday will also provide video and live stats. Radio is available for both games.
Follow @NMU_Wildcats for continued updates throughout the weekend.
Last week: The Wildcats started the GLIAC season with a 31-22 halftime advantage over Northwood University, but a slow third quarter proved too much to overcome. They followed it with a 60-52 victory over Saginaw Valley State University Saturday, a game that saw NMU hit 31-37 free throws.
Smith's pefect: Freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) scored a career-high 21 points, including a perfect 15-15 from the free throw line. Her 15 consecutive made free throws are the most by a Wildcats in a game, and is tied for second for the most consecutive free throws made this season.
Reaching double-figures: In addition to Smith's 18 points a game last weekend, two other players also reached double-digits. Sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) finished with 10.5 points a game while sophomore Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) chipped in with 10 per game.
Hitting the "3": Junior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) and Schultz led the Wildcats in three's this weekend, both shooting 66% from the three-point line. On the season, Schultz is 4 of 8, hitting 50% of her threes, while junior Emily Schramek (Naperville, Ill. / Benet Academy) leads the team with seven makes. Freshman Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) has added six in her young career at NMU.
NMU versus Purdue Northwest: The Pride are off to a slow start, coming into the week at 1-5 on the season. Their lone win came in a 63-59 victory over Davenport University in their GLIAC opener. On Saturday, they fell to Wayne State University 93-61. Thursday's matchup will be the first between the teams.
NMU versus Grand Valley: Northern Michigan has struggled recently against GVSU, dropping the last seven matchups. In close games last season, the Wildcats were unable to overcome one possession, falling 56-53 in the Berry Events Center, and 46-44 in Allendale. The Lakers enter the week at 7-1 overall, and opened GLIAC play with victories over Wayne State and Davenport.