MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball heads to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Tournament where they will take on #7 Grand Valley State University Saturday for the GLIAC Semifinals.
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Saturday vs. Grand Valley State: 2 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats finished the GLIAC Quarterfinals on a 27-4 run to defeat Ferris State 65-51 Tuesday night. NMU featured four players who reached double figures while the Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 30-14 in the paint.
| LEADING THE WAY
Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) and sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) have led the Wildcat offense. Youngstrom led the Wildcats in scoring with 10.9 points per game with Smith adding 10.4 points per game. Youngstrom also led the team in assists with 2.2 a game and steals, 0.9 while Smith was second in both categories as she averaged 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals. Youngstrom posted a career-high 25 points this season in a win at Ferris State earlier in the season and has scored double figures in eight of the past 2 games. She finished Tuesday's win with six points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Smith scored 21 points in the team's victory over GVSU in January but has missed the past two games due to injury.
| HELPING OUT
Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) has led the NMU defense with 1.2 blocks per game and is third on the team with 9.1 points and has averaged 5.0 rebounds this season. She is shooting 51.7% from the field this season to lead the Wildcats as well. In Tuesday's win over Ferris State, Schultz tallied her first double-double since her freshman season by posting 19 points and 13 rebounds. She also added three blocked shots.
| KEEPING THEM DOWN
The Wildcats boast the third best defense in the country as they hold opponents to just 51.0 points per game and keep them to just 34.3% shooting, the sixth lowest mark in Division II. On the boards, NMU has a 10.9 rebounding margin which places them fifth nationally. They have also committed just 13.3 fouls per game which is the eighth fewest in the country.
| HELP FROM THE BENCH
NMU finished Tuesday's game with 22 points off the bench to help the team to victory. Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) notched 12 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) tallied 10 points, hitting two three-pointers, and also grabbed four rebounds.
| THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
NMU earned the #4 seed this season and will take on the top seed, GVSU, Saturday at Grand Valley State. Ashland University, who is ranked #6, is the #2 seed and faces Michigan Technological University at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Huskies earned the #3 seed. The winners of game will then face off for the GLIAC Championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.
| NMU VERSUS THE FIELD
NMU gave Grand Valley State their only loss of the GLIAC season. GVSU gave Ashland their only two losses this season. Tech was unsuccessful against both GVSU and Ashland but did defeat the Wildcats this year. Grand Valley State is third in the regional rankings with Ashland ranked fourth. Michigan Tech is eighth with NMU right behind at ninth. The top eight advance to the NCAA Tournament.