MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball opens the new year with a return to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule as they will visit Wayne State University Thursday night and #8 Ashland University Saturday afternoon.
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Thursday at Wayne State: 5:30 P.M.
The game will also be televised live on Comcast CN 900.
Saturday at Ashland: 1:00 P.M.
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190105_d9q4.xml
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats took on ranked Lewis University in their final game of 2018, but fell to the Flyers 58-50. NMU jumped out to an early 16-11 lead but LU bounced back and outscored the Wildcats in the fourth quarter to take the victory.
| THEY CAN'T SCORE
The Wildcats are allowing the fewest points among the GLIAC, allowing just 50.6 points per game to the other team. That total also places them fourth in the country for fewest points allowed. In the team's four GLIAC games, the defense is allowing just 42.0 points per game. Conference opponents are hitting 26.3% of their total shots and being held to 25.8% from behind the three-point line.
| MAKING IT DIFFICULT
The Wildcat defense is ranked fifth nationally by allowing their opponents just 32.4% shooting from the field. The team is also highly ranked in rebounding margin, outrebouding the other team by over 12 rebounds per game to place them fifth in the country. The Wildcats also make it difficult for opponents to score as they do not allow free chances to their opponents. This year's squad is currently sixth in the NCAA as they commit just 12.5 fouls per game.
| SHOOTING SUCCESS
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is leading the team by shooting 59.0% from the field and is boasting a team-best 10.7 points per game. Schultz is also shooting 50% from three, making just shy of one three-pointer per game at 0.9 makes per game. From the free throw line she is hitting 84.5%. Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) is second in the GLIAC by shooting 52% from behind the arc. Weatherly is shooting 48% overall from the field this year.
| NMU VERSUS WAYNE STATE
NMU holds a 31-24 lead in the all-time series and have won two of the past three matchups including a 67-66 victory over the Warriors last season in the Berry Events Center. WSU is now 7-5 after a 72-65 victory over Fairmont State University on Sunday.
| NMU VERSUS ASHLAND
Ashland is 11-1 on the season and are ranked #8 in the WBCA National Poll. The overall series is tied at 16-16 but the Eagles have won the past 10 matchups as Ashland has won five GLIAC Championships in that span. Ashland defeated University of Southern Indiana 86-82 on Sunday and hosts Michigan Technological University Thursday night.