MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team gets their 2018-19 season started this weekend as they host Finlandia University in an Exhibition Game Saturday at 1 p.m. and follow it with a scrimmage against Lake Superior State University Sunday at 2 p.m.
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Saturday's Live stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181103_91hg.xml
Sunday's Live stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181104_xfun.xml
| PRESEASON POLL
The Wildcats received 60 points and 10 first place votes in the coaches poll to finish ahead of Michigan Technological University with 50 points and two first place votes to lead the North Division. Ferris State University finished with 43 points while University of Wisconsin-Parkside had 27. Lake Superior State University and Purdue University-Northwest finished tied with 18 points for fifth place. The 60 points and 10 first place votes were the most of any team in the league, ahead of South Division leader Grand Valley State University (58 points, seven first place votes) and NCAA Division II National Runner-Up, Ashland University (54 points, four first place votes).
| FIRST TEAMERS
The Wildcats return 92 percent of the offense from last season and sees leading scorer, senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn./North Woods), return after an injury cost her the majority of the season. Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis./Northland Pines) also returns after becoming the first NMU Women's Basketball player to earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year since the 1994-95 season. Both players were named North Division First Team All-GLIAC.
| SENIOR LEADERSHIP
Youngstrom is joined by seniors Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis./DC Everest), Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.), Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) and Chloe Tompkins (Dousman, Wis./Kettle Moraine). Hodell averaged 9.7 points per game on 52% shooting and provides a solid inside threat for the Wildcats. Dillinger served as the team's point guard and routinely is matched up with the opponent's best perimeter play. Weatherly serves as one of the team's strongest outside threats and highlighted her year with five three-pointers against Wayne State University. Tompkins will be looked upon to continue providing leadership to the team.
| NEW FACES
The team will also feature junior transfer CeCe Rapp (St. Charles, Ill./St. Edwards Catholic), and freshman Madigan Johns (Ishpeming, Mich.), Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis./Saint Mary's Spring) and Peyton Wright (Ashwauben, Wis.). Rapp and Mueller will add depth to the Wildcats inside game while Johns and Wright eye an impact on the outside.
| NMU VERSUS FINLANDIA
The Wildcats hosted Finlandia in an exhibition game last season and won 90-35 and have won each matchup. The Lions are led by former Wildcat player and assistant coach, Mariah LaPointe-Dunham, who is in her first year leading the Lions.
| NMU VERSUS LAKE STATE
NMU has defeated LSSU nine straight times since the 2013-14 season. Last year, the Wildcats swept the Lakers, winning 79-63 in the first matchup, then 60-56 at home later in the season.