MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team takes to the road for the final time of the regular season as they head to Northwood University and Saginaw Valley State University this week for more Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
Last Week: NMU split two games last week. They started the week with Purdue University Northwest, getting out to an early lead before holding off the Pride's second half rally to take a 63-55 victory. Saturday's game saw NMU jump out early again, taking a 28-22 lead into the half. However, it wasn't enough as the Wildcats were unable to hold on and fell to the #24 Lakers.
Delorit scores a career-high: Sophomore Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) posted a career-high in Thursday's win over Purdue Northwest. Delorit hit a career-best three three-pointers on her way to nine points. She also saw her most prominent playing time of the season.
Strong starts: The Wildcats have gotten off to good starts all season, as they have outscored opponents 348-288 in first quarters this year. They have started two games with 25-points in the first quarter and their defense has held teams to as low as five points to start games.
Honkala in GLIAC's top five: Sophomore Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) is currently in the top five for rebounds and blocked shots during GLIAC play this year. Honkala is averaging 7.8 rebounds a game to place her fourth among the league. She is fifth in the conference with 1.5 blocks per game.
Smith dominates the first quarter: Freshman Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines) helped get NMU started Thursday against PNW as she scored 12 points in the first quarter. Smith went five of seven from the field, including hitting two three-pointers in just seven minutes of play. She ended the game leading the Wildcats offense in scoring.
This season versus Northwood: The Wildcats hosted the Timberwolves in the first GLIAC game of the season and jumped out to a 31-22 lead at the half. However, NU roared back with a 22-point third quarter and took an eventual 64-56 victory. Smith, Honkala and sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) each scored at least 13 points.
This season versus Saginaw Valley: NMU's defense held the Cardinals to just five points in the first quarter and then held on as they defeated SVSU 60-52 for their first GLIAC win of the season. Smith led all scorers with her first 20-point game of her career, finishing with 21 points and set a school record by going 15-15 from the free throw line. As a team, the Wildcats shot a season-high 37 free throws.