MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team continues their January road trip as they travel to Davenport University on Thursday and visit Wayne State University Saturday for Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
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Last time out: The Wildcats jumped out early and scored 25 points in the first quarter for the second-straight Thursday night to take a 25-10 lead. They then scored 21 points and 23 points in the second and third quarter to power to a 79-63 win over Lake Superior State University. In Saturday's contest with Ferris State University, NMU struggled from the field early which resulted in a 14-4 first quarter deficit they were unable to bounce back from, falling 62-52.
Schultz posts two new career-highs: Sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) made a large impact in both games as she set two new career-highs over the weekend. In Thursday's victory, she scored 22 points, including going 12 of 13 from the free throw line. She followed it Saturday afternoon with her best defensive performance, posting four blocks.
Three-headed threat: NMU features three players who averaged double-figures in last week's games. Schultz averaged 15.5 points per game while junior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis./DC Everest) averaged 15 points. Rounding out the threat was sophomore Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.), who posted 10.5 points a game and also lead the team with 9.0 rebounds per game.
Cleaning up the boards: As a team, Northern Michigan out-rebounded last week's opponents by over seven rebounds a game. Against LSSU, the team finished with a 36-25 rebounding advantage, including a 6-3 advantage on the offensive glass. They then followed it by getting 41 rebounds compared to Ferris State's 37 Saturday. Against the Bulldogs, the Wildcats added 15 offensive rebounds as well.
Getting to the line: NMU features three players in the league's top 14 in free throw makes per game during the conference season. Hodell is tied at fourth and is averaging four made free throws per outing. Freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines) is sixth currently by averaging 3.8 makes a game. Schultz is 14th and is making 2.7 per night. NMU is just one of two teams with three players in the top 14 among the conference.
NMU versus Davenport: Thursday's game marks the third time the two teams have played each other. NMU won the first-ever meeting in the 2011-12 season, winning 56-50. The next year the Panthers bested the Wildcats 77-67. Davenport enters Thursday's contest at 7-9 on the season and are 5-4 in the GLIAC.
NMU versus Wayne State: NMU holds a 30-23 all-time lead over Wayne State. However, the Warriors have won the past five meetings in Detroit, with NMU last winning on the road during the 2009-10 season. Coming into the week, WSU is 11-4 overall and holds a 6-3 conference record. They also enter the week on a four-game winning streak.