NMU Back Home After Long Road Trip

NMU Back Home After Long Road Trip

MARQUETTE, Mich. – After five road games, the Women's Basketball team for Northern Michigan University returns this week as they play host to Purdue University Northwest and Grand Valley State University. 

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action begins Thursday as the Wildcats host PNW at 8 p.m. The game features audio, live stats and video, and is hosted by 906 Technologies.

On Saturday, NMU takes on the Lakers at 3 p.m. Hosted by Art Van, the game can be followed with audio, live stats and video

Tickets for Thursday's game are available at 906 Technologies.  Tickets for Saturday's game can be found at Art Van.

Follow @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter for continued updates. 

GAME NOTES

Last Week:  Three players reached double figures Sunday in a game with rival Michigan Technological University.  However, despite outscoring the Huskies over three quarters, Tech got out to a strong start which helped them to a 61-54 victory. 

Honkala gets another double-double: Sophomore Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) posted her fourth double-double of her career Sunday.  She finished the game with 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.  She also tied her career-high with five blocked shots and added four steals. 

Scoring leaders: Freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines) and sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) led the team in scoring.  Smith scored 19 points to lead all scorers while Schultz chipped in with 11 points. The pair also both went three of three from the free throw line. 

Don't Foul:  The Wildcats have rarely fouled their opponents this season.  Averaging just 14.8 fouls per game, NMU is second in the GLIAC for fewest fouls, and are 19th nationally among all NCAA Division II.  Due to their ability to not foul while playing strong defense, the Wildcats have shot 70 more free throws than their opponents this season. 

NMU versus Purdue Northwest: The first-ever matchup between the two team came earlier this season, when NMU defeated the Pride 80-52.  The Wildcats jumped out 23-7 in the first quarter and featured 11 players scoring points in the contest. 

NMU versus Grand Valley: Smith scored a career-high 29 points and NMU took GVSU to double overtime earlier this season but were unable to pull out the win.  The Lakers have now won eight straight matchups, but both games last year were separated by a total of just five points.    

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