Women's Basketball to Make First Roadtrip of 2018

Women's Basketball to Make First Roadtrip of 2018

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team hits the road for the first time in 2018 as they continue Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Lake Superior State University and Ferris State University.

The Wildcats will visit Lake Superior State Thursday evening, with the game scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 pm.  Fans can follow the game with live stats and audio.

On Saturday, NMU visits Ferris State for a 3 p.m. start time.  The game can be followed with live stats and audio.

As of this time, video is not available for either game.

Fans can also follow @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter for continued updates.

WEEKLY NOTES

Last time out: Northern Michigan used a 25-point first quarter to power to a 71-59 victory over Tiffin University Thursday night in their first game of the new year. The team returned Saturday and hosted the nation's top ranked team, Ashland University, on Saturday and held the Eagles under 100 points for the first time in the past five games for Ashland.

Career-day for Dillinger: Junior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) finished Thursday's game with Tiffin setting two new career-highs.  She posted a career-high nine points and also added a career-best four steals to her efforts while playing the majority of the game as the team's point guard.

Three in double-figures: The Wildcat offense featured three players averaging double-digits this past week.  Junior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis./DC Everest) and sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) both averaged 12 points over two games.  Freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines ) added 11.5.  In GLIAC competition, Smith leads the team, and is fifth in the GLIAC with 16 points per game.  Hodell adds 12.8 points a game while Schultz is averaging 10 points.

Winning with defense: NMU strength is their stingy defense. The Wildcats entered Saturday's game with Ashland as the best defense in the conference, allowing just 58.6 points per game.  Despite facing the nation's second-ranked offense, NMU is still ranked high in the league, allowing opponents to shoot just 38% from the field and just 28.7 from the three-point line.

Starting strong: Northern Michigan is seeing their most success in the first quarter, outscoring their opponents 246-202 to start the game for an average of 16.4-13.5.  Their 25-point first quarter Thursday night against Tiffin is their best start to a game of the season, and ties for their best quarter, tying a 25-point third quarter at Purdue University Northwest.

NMU versus Lake Superior State: NMU has taken victory in the past seven matchups with the Lakers and hold a 55-36 advantage in the overall series.  This season's Lake State team is looking for their first win of the season. 

NMU versus Ferris State: The Bulldogs enter the week having dropped four of their last five GLIAC contests, losing the four games by a combined 18 points The Wildcats hold a 48-28 all-time series lead, including a current seven-game winning streak over FSU. 

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