MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball returns to the Berry Events Center this week for two contests against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents as they host Lake Superior State University Thursday and Ferris State University Saturday afternoon.
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Thursday vs. Lake Superior State: 5:30 P.M.
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190110_efxe.xml
Game Host: Art Van
Saturday vs. Ferris State: 1:00 P.M.
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190112_6xy8.xml
Game Host: Bruce Roberts CFP
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats opened 2019 with GLIAC opponents Wayne State University and Ashland University and split their results. NMU defeated WSU 69-56 and saw three players in double-figures. On Saturday at #8 Ashland, the Wildcats held the league's top offense to their second lowest total of the season but their upset bid fell short, 71-55.
| PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week after averaging 15.5 points per game last week. She scored 12 points and had eight rebounds at Wayne State Thursday. On Saturday, she followed it with a team-best 19 points and had five rebounds. Smith is the first NMU women's basketball player to earn GLIAC Player of the week honors since January 27, 2015.
| MAKING IT DIFFICULT
The Wildcat defense leads the GLIAC by allowing just 52.4 points per game this year. In GLIAC action, they allow just 49.2 points per game. They allow opponents to shoot just 31.3% from the field to lead the GLIAC and are third in the league by allowing teams to shoot just 26.8% from three. Nationally, NMU is seventh in scoring defense while they are fifth in field goal defense.
The team's 11.4 rebounding margin places them seventh. Aiding the team's effort and making it tough for teams to score is the fact that the Wildcats only commit 13.2 points per game, which is eighth best in the country.
| SHOOTING SUCCESS
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is leading the team and is fourth in the GLIAC by shooting 56.3% from the field this season as she is tied for the team's lead at 10.5 points per game. She is tied with Smith for the team's lead in scoring, while Smith is 13th in the conference at 48.3% shooting. Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) is pacing the league by shooting 55.2% from three this season.
| NMU VERSUS LAKE STATE
NMU is on a nine-game winning streak against the Lakers and holds a 57-36 advantage in the all-time series. LSSU is 5-8 on the year and enter the week seeking their first GLIAC win.
| NMU VERSUS FERRIS STATE
The two teams split their matchups last season while NMU has won eight of the last nine meetings. The Wildcats also hold the all-time series lead at 49-29. The Bulldogs enter the week at 7-5 and are coming off an 83-77 victory at Davenport.