MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball concludes their January homestand by taking on rival Michigan Technological University Saturday in the Berry Events Center.
Saturday's game will feature a White Out theme with all fans encouraged to wear white in support of the Wildcats. The first 50 students to meet Wildcat Willy and sit courtside will receive a free "Beat Tech" white shirt. The first 250 fans will receive a free Rally Towel from Radio Results Network upon entry to the Berry Events Center.
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Saturday vs. Michigan Tech: 11:00 A.M.
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats are currently on a four-game winning streak after picking up victories over Davenport University and #9 Grand Valley State University last week. NMU outscored DU 46-26 in the second half to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit on their way to a 69-61 victory.
They followed by defeating the ranked Lakers 56-43 Saturday as they led for 38 minutes in the game and had as much as a 19-point lead in the contest while holding GVSU to just 35% from the field and 15% from behind the three-point line. They also held the Lakers to 40 fewer points than the 74.2 points they typically average per game.
| PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the second time in three weeks, sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week. Smith averaged 18.5 points per game, including scoring 21 points against GVSU Saturday. In Thursday's victory over Davenport, she tied her career-high with nine rebounds along with scoring 16 points. The sophomore is averaging a team-best 11.1 points along with 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) earned the honor last week to give NMU a player of the week for three straight weeks.
| MAKING SHOTS
Senior Tess Weatherly (Howell, Mich.) is at the top of the conference for three-point shooting as she is shooting a league-best 57.1% from behind the arc. In Thursday's win, she was a perfect 4-4 from downtown in the second half. Overall, the senior shooter is hitting 56.3% of her shots from the field to lead the Wildcats.
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) is shooting 54.6% from the field this season which places her fourth in the GLIAC. She is also second on the team behind Weatherly from the behind the arc with a shooting percentage of 43.2. Her 84.2% from the free throw line places her second among players among players with atleast one attempt per game, behind team leader, senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.).
Dillinger posted a career-high 12 points on 4-4 shooting in Thursday's comeback victory over Davenport as well.
| MAKING IT DIFFICULT
The Wildcats claim one of the nation's top defenses as they allow just 50.9 points per game this season, placing them second overall. They allow just 33.7% shooting which is the fourth-lowest mark in Division II while their rebounding margin of 12.4 is also ranked second. They also make it difficult for opponents as their 12.6 fouls per game places them seventh. In the GLIAC, they allow even fewer as they allow just 47.7 points which is 2.4 points better than anyone else in the league. NMU has kept their opponent to less than 50 points in half of their GLIAC games this season and eight times throughout the entire season.
| NMU VERSUS TECH
NMU is 52-45 all-time over the Huskies but MTU has won three of the past four contests, including a sweep last season. This year's Michigan Tech squad is currently 11-7 on the season and split their results last weekend, falling 53-35 against #9 Grand Valley State and defeated Davenport 70-44.