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Wildcats To Visit Parkside, PNW in GLIAC Action

Wildcats To Visit Parkside, PNW in GLIAC Action

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball hits the road for Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action as they visit new GLIAC foe University of Wisconsin Parkside on Thursday and then visit Purdue University Northwest Saturday afternoon.



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Thursday at Parkside: 6:30 P.M.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/PNWathletics/
Audio:   http://streamdb7web.securenetsystems.net/ce/wupt
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190131_mwn3.xml

Saturday at Purdue Northwest: 4 P.M.

Video: https://team1sports.com/Parkside/
Audio:   http://streamdb7web.securenetsystems.net/ce/wupt
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190202_ih7t.xml


The Wildcats outscored Michigan Tech 25-13 in the fourth quarter but a slow first three quarters proved too much to overcome as NMU ended up falling to the Huskies 55-53. Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) paced the Wildcat offense with 12 points while sophomore Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) added 11 points.


The Wildcats have seen success this season in large part to good starts. NMU has outscored their opponents 293-225 in the first quarter this season, winning the opening period 15-12 on average. They follow it with 260-209 advantage in the second quarter and average a 29-23 lead at halftime this season. They are currently winning games with a margin of 11.1.


Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) continues to lead the GLIAC from the three-point line, hitting 55.6% from behind the arc this season.  Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is currently sixth in the league from the field, shooting 53.7% this year while she is also shooting 41% from three.  Schultz can also be found ranked sixth in the GLIAC with 1.3 blocked shots this year. 


The Wildcats allow just 51.1 points per game to ranked third nationally in points allowed in NCAA Division II play. For the year, NMU has allowed fewer than 50 points to their opponent seven times, including five times in the GLIAC. The team's defense has allowed fewer than 40 points four times. NMU has forced teams into just 33.9% shooting from the field which places them seventh nationally.  On the glass, the Wildcats boast a 12.1 rebounding margin to be ranked fourth while their 13.1 fouls per game is the eighth fewest in Division II.


This will be the second-ever GLIAC matchup between the teams as Parkside continues their first year in the league. NMU holds an overall 18-1 lead in the series after defeating the Rangers 72-39 earlier this year.


NMU is now 3-0 over the Pride after capturing a 76-38 victory in the Berry Events Center earlier this season. PNW is in their second season in the GLIAC after joining the NCAA after years in the NAIA.