Wildcats Return to Berry Events Center to Open GLIAC Home Slate

Wildcats Return to Berry Events Center to Open GLIAC Home Slate

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball returns to the Berry Events Center and will host their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference games of the season as they take on Purdue University Northwest on Thursday, hosted by Econo Foods, and University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday afternoon with game host Peoples State Bank of Munising.  



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Thursday vs. Purdue Northwest: 5:30 P.M.
Game Host: Econo Foods

Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/
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Live Stats: http://www.nmuwildcats.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181129_c067.xml

Saturday vs. Parkside: 1 P.M.
Game Host: Peoples State Bank of Munising

Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/
Audio:  http://streamdb7web.securenetsystems.net/ce/wupt
Live Stats: http://www.nmuwildcats.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181201_4ord.xml


The Wildcats opened GLIAC play last week and captured two victories.  On Thursday, NMU opened with Northwood and held the Timberwolves to just 39 points as the Wildcats took a 51-39 victory.  The team followed it Saturday afternoon and the defense again clamped down, winning the game 66-52.


 Northern Michigan's good start to the season is powered by getting off to a good start in games.  On the season, NMU is outscoring their opponent's 135-104 in the first quarter, averaging a 15-11 lead.  They then have won the second quarter 126-100 for an average quarter score of 14-11, on their way to a halftime lead of 29-22.


The team's strong defense has been key to their early success. The team is allowing the other team to shoot just 32% from the field and just 29% from the three-point line.  Last week, the Wildcats clamped down defensively, especially in the second quarter. Against Northwood, NMU allowed NU just five points in the second quarter. On Saturday at SVSU, the Wildcats held the Cardinals scoreless for 9:55 of the second quarter and allowed just one point total in the frame. The 45.5 points allowed per game in GLIAC play is the fewest in the league.


NMU has two players averaging double figures. Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is averaging 11 points per game and leads the team with 17 blocks. She also leads the GLIAC in total blocks and is currently fifth with 1.8 blocks per game.  Over the weekend she had six blocks.

Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) averages 10 points a game and features a season-best performance of 24 points against Minnesota State University-Mankato. She is also second on the team with eight steals and 5.4 rebounds per game. 

Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) paces the team with six rebounds an outing while senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) has a team-best 2.6 assists per game average along with a steal per game.  


The teams played for the first time ever last season, with NMU sweeping both matchups. In the first game, the Wildcats defeated the Pride 80-52 at PNW. In the second contest, the Pride kept it close, but NMU kept PNW scoreless for nearly eight minutes of the fourth quarter to take a 63-55 victory. 


This will be the first-ever matchup as GLIAC opponents between the two teams as this is the first season UW-Parkside is playing in the GLIAC. The Rangers were recently a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In the all-time series, NMU leads 17-1 with the last game contest taking place during the 1997-98 season.