MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Women's Basketball team for Northern Michigan University concludes their home schedule as they host two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents in the Berry Events Center this week.
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Last week: NMU started the week with a 60-56 victory over Lake Superior State University on Thursday, outscoring the Lakers 14-5 in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, the Wildcats started and finished the game strong, scoring over 20 points in each quarter to take a 69-60 victory.
Lutz goes for perfect career high: Freshman Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) scored a career-high 19 points on perfect shooting Thursday night against Lake Superior State. The freshman finished 6 of 6 from the field, including 5 of 5 from the three-point line. She also added a 2 of 2 performance from the free throw line. She followed it Saturday by hitting 11 of 11 free throws against FSU. She missed a perfect week of shooting by just one shot, going 1-2 from the three-point line against the Bulldogs as well.
Three-game hot streak: The Wildcats are on their longest winning streak of the season, having won their last three games. NMU defeated Saginaw Valley State University 67-62. They then followed it with their two victories last weekend. Fueling the run has been improved shooting from the perimeter. The squad has hit 41 percent from the three-point line during the streak, with Lutz hitting a team-best seven while juniors Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.), Emily Schramek (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) and sophomore Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) adding five made threes each.
Schultz dishes it out: Sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) posted a new career-high with four assists in Thursday's victory over Lake State. The post player has shown an ability to do it all as she is third on the team in total assists, points per game and three-pointers made this season. She is also second in overall shooting percentage, hitting 50 percent of her shots this season.
Playoff outlook: With their victory over Ferris State on Saturday, the Wildcats clinched a spot in the GLIAC Tournament for the sixth straight season. NMU is currently ranked sixth in the league and is two games ahead of Ferris State. The team is also two games behind Northwood University, but the Timberwolves hold the tie-breaker for the fifth seed. An NMU victory will clinch the sixth seed for NMU and they will take on either Grand Valley State University or Wayne State University. GVSU holds a one game lead and the tie-breaker over WSU for the third seed.
Davenport is fighting for the final spot into the tournament. The Panthers are one game back of Ferris State and are one game ahead of Tiffin University and Saginaw Valley State University. DU will face the #2 seed, Michigan Technological University Saturday. Tiffin and Saginaw Valley also play each other this week. Ferris State takes on Purdue University Northwest and GVSU.
NMU versus DU: The Wildcats jumped out to a 35-20 first half lead and powered to a 67-55 victory. Fueling the victory was the team's best shooting performance of the season, hitting 56% from the three-point line.
NMU versus WSU: WSU won their sixth-straight game over NMU, winning 64-50 earlier this season. NMU kept the game close throughout the game, but struggled in the fourth quarter which gave the Warriors the victory.