MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team welcomes two teams from Minnesota this weekend as they host Minnesota State University-Mankato Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. and Minnesota State University-Moorhead Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
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Friday's Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181116_k134.xml
Sunday's Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181118_e83u.xml
| LAST TIME OUT
In a defensive battle, the Wildcats outscored the University of Minnesota-Duluth 12-5 in the third quarter, but a slow start was too much to overcome as NMU fell 51-45. NMU outrebounded the Bulldogs 41-21 in the game and also held UMD to just three free throw attempts. Last weekend, the team picked up two wins at Hillsdale University, defeating #25 Lewis University 62-56 and followed it by defeating University of Indianapolis 64-61.
The win over the ranked Flyers was the first win over a ranked opponent since the 2014 season.
| LEADING THE WAY
Senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.) led the Wildcats Tuesday night and posted two season highs. She led the team in scoring with 14 points and tied for the team's lead with six rebounds. Hodell finished 4-9 from the field, and went 6-7 from the free throw line.
| HIGH SCORERS
The Wildcats feature three players who average nine points a game to pace the offense. Averaging 9.7 points are junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) and sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.). Hodell is averaging 9.3 points per game. Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) is just shy of nine points, averaging 8.7 points per game. Senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) has chipped in with 7.3 points.
| GETTING REBOUNDS
The Wildcats are currently getting more rebounds than their opponents, holding a six-rebound edge, 36.3-30.3. Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) leads NMU with 6.0 rebounds. Youngstrom has added 5.0 rebounds with Schultz chipping in with 4.7 per game.
| NMU VERSUS MINNESOTA STATE-MANKATO
Friday''s matchup with Mankato will be the third matchup of the all-time series, which is currently split 1-1, and will be the first contest since the 2001-02 season. The Mavericks come in at 1-0 after a 93-66 victory over Waldorf.
| NMU VERSUS MSU-MOORHEAD
MSU-Moorhead holds a 2-1 lead in the series after picking up a victory last season in Minnesota, but this will be the first-ever matchup between the teams in the Berry Events Center. The Dragons enter the weekend 2-0, with victories over Arkansas Tech University and Pittsburg State University. MSU-Moorhead takes on Michigan Technological University Friday night.