MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball finalize the nonconference portion of the schedule as they take on ranked Lewis University for the second time this season Monday night in the Berry Events Center.
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Monday vs. Lewis: 5:30 P.M.
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats played two GLIAC opponents and strong defense was key to their success as they allowed less than 40 points in both games. In Thursday's victory over Purdue Northwest, NMU scored a season-high 76 points to win 76-38. On Saturday, a team effort helped the Wildcats claim a 72-39 victory.
| HOT START
The team is currently 9-2 on the season and 4-0 in the GLIAC which is their best start to a season since the 2013-14 squad started the year 11-2, 6-0 in the GLIAC, on their way to 22-win season, a GLIAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
| GETTING DEFENSIVE
The Wildcats are allowing fewer than 50 points a game this season, allowing the opposition to score just 49.9 points per game which is the fourth lowest allowed in the nation. They are allow their opponent to shoot just 31.3% from the field, which is also the fourth-best total in the country. They also do not allow chances at the free-throw line as they are third in Division II with just 12.4 fouls per game. They lead the GLIAC in both points allowed and opponent shooting percentage while ranking second in allowing just 27.7% from the three-point line.
| MAKING SHOTS
The Wildcats feature two players in the top five for shooting percentages among the GLIAC. Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is fourth by shooting 60.9% from the field. Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) is ranked third in the league with a 52.0% shooting percentage from deep. Schultz is shooting 52.6% from three but is just shy of qualifying for the GLIAC rankings. From the free throw line, Schultz is fifth at 84.6%. Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.), sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) and senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.) can also be found in the league's top 14.
| NMU VERSUS LEWIS
Tonight's game is the second time this season the teams have played as they faced each other in the season opener with NMU capturing a 62-56 victory. The Wildcats now lead the all-time series 7-6. The Flyers enter the game ranked #6 in the D2SIDA poll and #20 in the WBCA poll, and are 6-1 on the year. The Flyers visit Michigan Technological University on Saturday.