14 NCAA Tournament Appearances

2019 NCAA Regional Semi-finalist

Wildcats Continue Homestand with Davenport and #9 GVSU

Wildcats Continue Homestand with Davenport and #9 GVSU

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball continues their homestand in the Berry Events Center as they take on Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents Davenport University Thursday and #9 Grand Valley State University Saturday afternoon.

WEEKLY NOTES

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Thursday vs. Davenport: 5:30 P.M.

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Saturday vs. Grand Valley State: 1:00 P.M.

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  LAST TIME OUT

 The Wildcats continued their strong start to the GLIAC season as they picked up two victories last week, defeating Lake Superior State University 93-36 on Thursday and followed it with a 53-42 win over Ferris State University. The team has now held opponents to less than 50 points six times this season, including four times in GLIAC play.

  PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) paced the Wildcats with 13 points and eight rebounds per game last week on her way to earn GLIAC North Player of the Week honors. In Thursday's win over LSSU, the senior was one of four Wildcats to reach double figures, scoring 10 points. She followed it with her first double-double since her sophomore season, scoring 16 points and snagging 12 rebounds. Youngstrom tied a career-high with three three-pointers and had three steals in the effort as well. It is the second time this season NMU has seen a player earn Player of the Week honors after sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) received recognition last week.

  GETTING A BIG WIN

 In the team's victory over LSSU last week, they set several season highs as well as displayed the best offensive and defensive efforts in several years. In the game, NMU posted season highs with 35 made field goals on 59.3% shooting, and hit a season-best 12 threes on 57.1% shooting. The team also dished out 23 assists and nine steals. The 93 points are the most in a game since scoring 107 points against Lake Erie College in 2010-11. The 36 points allowed are also the fewest against a Division II foe since allowing 36 to LSSU in 2011-12. The Wildcats allowed just 21 points to Division III Finlandia during the 2012-13 season.

  MAKING IT DIFFICULT

The Wildcats boast the nations third-best defense as they allow just 50.8 points per game this season. They force teams into just 33.0% shooting which is fourth in the country. Both marks are tops of the GLIAC. In conference play, the Wildcats allow 46.6 points per game.

On the boards, NMU has the third-best rebounding margin in Division II, outrebounding the opposition by 12.9 rebounds. The Wildcats average 40.8 rebounds per game while the other team grabs just 27.9. Northern Michigan is also seventh nationally in committing 12.8 fouls per game which keeps the opponent from free opportunities at the free throw line.

  SHOOTING SUCCESS

Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is shooting 56.0% from the field this season which puts her atop the squad and fourth in the GLIAC. Schultz also leads the team with 10.4 points per game. Smith is second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per contest. Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) is pacing the league by shooting 52.6% from behind the arc.

  NMU VERSUS DAVENPORT

The Wildcats are 3-1 all-time against Davenport after picking up two victories last season in DU's first year in the GLIAC. The Panthers have split their past four contests and are now 5-10 on the year.

  NMU VERSUS GRAND VALLEY STATE

NMU has faced GVSU five times in the past two season, but have struggled against the Lakers lately. GVSU was ranked 9th in the country last week and defeated Ashland 94-61 while the Eagles were ranked #1 in the country. The Lakers, at the top of the GLIAC standings at 8-0, head to Michigan Technological University Thursday night prior to Saturday's matchup.