MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball returns to the Berry Events Center this week to take on Saginaw Valley State University and Northwood University in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference play. The team will also honor their five seniors after the conclusion of Saturday's game. Thurday's game is hosted by Jill Leonard State Farm while First Bank serves as the Game Host for Saturday's matchup.
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Thursday vs. Saginaw Valley State: 5:30 P.M.
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190207_8ynb.xml
Game Host: Jill Leonard State Farm
Saturday vs. Northwood: 1 P.M.
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190209_05p5.xml
Game Host: First Bank
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats visited University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Purdue University Northwest last week and came away with a weekend split, defeating PNW on Saturday but dropped their contest at Parkside.
| SENIOR DAY SATURDAY
After the conclusion of Saturday's game with Northwood, the team will honor their five seniors, Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.), Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.), Chloe Tompkins (Dousman, Wis.), Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) and Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.). The group has won 60 games so far in their career together and made the GLIAC Tournament each season. The seniors have tallied a total of 2,753 points, 1,470 rebounds, 541 assists, 241 steals and 184 blocks.
| MAKING IT DIFFICULT
The Wildcats continue to boast one of the nation's top defenses as they allow just 51.9 points per game this season, placing the team third in the country. The defense allows opponents to shoot just 34.2% from the field, which is the sixth best. As a team, their 12.2 rebounding margin places them fourth in the NCAA. The team's defense also does a good job of preventing easy opportunities as they commit just 13.5 fouls per game.
| GLIAC ACTION
In GLIAC action, NMU allows just 49.5 points per contest and is over two fewer points than any other team in the league. On the boards, the Wildcats pace the league with an average of 40.7 rebounds per game and average a GLIAC best 13.2 offensive rebounds per game. The team has held their opponents to less than 50 points seven times in conference play.
| NMU VERSUS SVSU
NMU now has a 50-29 lead in the all-time series after collecting a 66-52 victory over the Cardinals earlier this year. SVSU defeated Lake Superior State Saturday to end a six-game skid.
| NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD
The Wildcats captured a 51-39 victory at Northwood earlier this season and now has a 46-20 all-time series lead. The Timberwolves have won their past three contests after losing three before that. NU heads to Michigan Tech Thursday night before Saturday's matchup.