MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball returns to the Berry Events Center this week and will open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action by hosting Northwood University Thursday night and Saginaw Valley State University Saturday afternoon.
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THURSDAY VS. NORTHWOOD
SATURDAY VS. SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats travelled to Springfield, Missouri for the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Drury University this past weekend to take on two teams who appeared in the NCAA Tournament last year but dropped both games. On Friday, they took on Truman State University but fell 67-52. They then returned Saturday and played #1 Drury University and once again came up short with a 72-44 defeat.
| LEADING THE WAY
Seniors Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) and Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) led the Wildcats this season. Honkala is leading the team with 9.6 points while Schultz is close behind with 8.8 points per game. Honkala is also second on the team with a 48.5 shooting percentage and first among all players with atleast one three-point attempt by shooting 40% from behind the arc.
Honkala is also pacing the squad with 7.5 rebounds while Schultz is second with 5.9. The pair is also top two in blocks as Honkala has 1.0 blocks and Schultz is at 0.8 blocks per game.
| GETTING EXPERIENCE
Five first year members of the Wildcats played double-digit minutes in Saturday's game with #1 Drury. Freshman Samantha Potter (Royal Oak, Mich.) made her first career start and played a team-high 31 minutes. Freshman Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.) made her second career start and saw a season-high minutes of 27. Freshman Gwen Streblow (Plymouth, Wis.) played 16 minutes while sophomore Elena Alaix (Madrid, Spain) and redshirt freshman Andrea Perez (Madrid, Spain) both played 14 minutes.
| GETTING DEFENSIVE
The Wildcats are the second ranked team in the GLIAC defensively, as they allow just 59.8 points per game. NMU has held two teams to less than 50 points this year. In the opener, they allowed just 33 points to William Jewell College. They then held the University of Minnesota Duluth to 45 points. The team's defense also held St. Cloud State University to 53 points as well.
| NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD
The Wildcats swept last year's meetings and now has 47-20 advantage in the series. Northwood enters this week at 1-6 overall and are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Their lone victory came in a 94-83 win over Ursuline
| NMU VERSUS SVSU
NMU is 51-29 all-time against the Cardinals and have won the past four meetings. SVSU is 4-4 this season but have dropped their last two games, falling to Cedarville University and Ohio Dominican University.
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, NMU will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.