MARQUETTE, Mich. – Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Player of the Week for the second time this season after helping the Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team win two games and secure a home playoff game last week.
Youngstrom led the team with 20 points per game and was second on the team with 5.5 rebounds per game in the two victories. She finished the week shooting 61% from the field and added two blocks and four steals.
In a 70-66 double overtime victory at Ferris State University Thursday night, she scored a career-high 25 points on 10-15 shooting. She also paced the team with eight rebounds along with a career-high four steals.
She followed with a 15-point performance against Lake Superior State University, where the Wildcats won 63-47. Finishing the game 6-11 from the field, she added three rebounds and two blocked shots to her effort.
Youngstrom is now just 35 points shy of becoming the 26th player to reach 1,000 points in her career. She is the second player to earn two GLIAC Player of the Week honors this season as sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) has also won the award twice.
This week, the Wildcats head to #11 Grand Valley State University Thursday night and will visit Davenport University Saturday afternoon as they continue their end of season road trip.
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Thursday at #11 GVSU: 6 P.M.
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Saturday at Davenport: 1 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats picked up two victories last week. They started the week by defeating Ferris State University 70-66 in double overtime, overcoming a 13-point halftime deficit for the victory. On Saturday, NMU visited Lake Superior State University and outscored the Lakers 40-22 in the second and third quarters on their way to a 63-47 victory.
| CLINCHED A HOME GAME
With their two victories last week, NMU has secured a home game on March 5 for the GLIAC Quarterfinals. The Wildcats are currently tied for the third seed with Michigan Technological University, who they play next week. They are one game back of Ashland University who is currently second in the GLIAC and two games back of conference leader Grand Valley State University. The league features four teams tied for the fifth seed. The top remaining seed after the quarterfinals will then host the GLIAC Semifinals and Finals on March 9 and 10.
| MAKING IT DIFFICULT
The Wildcats continue to boast one of the nation's top defenses as they allow just 51.1 points per game this season, placing the team second in the country. The defense allows opponents to shoot just 33.9% from the field, which is the sixth best. As a team, their 11.6 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 13.4 fouls per game to rank eighth.
| GLIAC ACTION
In GLIAC action, NMU allows just 49.3 points per contest which is three fewer than anyone else in the league. On the boards, the Wildcats pace the league with a GLIAC best 13.1 rebounding margin. The team has held their opponents to less than 50 points ten times in conference play. The have kept teams under 40 points five times.
Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) remains at the top of the GLIAC rankings by shooting 45.9% from the three-point line. Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is sixth in the conference with 1.3 blocks per game.
| NMU VERSUS GVSU
NMU upset Grand Valley State 56-43 earlier this season while GVSU was ranked #9 in the country. The win also snapped a ten-game losing streak to the Lakers. GVSU is currently 23-2 on the year with their only other loss coming to Lewis University in November. Grand Valley has won seven-straight games since NMU defeated them with only one game within 14 points, a 73-71 victory at current #10 ranked Ashland University.
| NMU VERSUS DAVENPORT
The Wildcats have won 4 of 5 meetings with the Panthers, including a 69-61 victory in the Berry Events Center in January. Davenport has struggle lately as they are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak and will host Michigan Tech Thursday night.