Press Box

 MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team will have its home opener this week. Saturday (Dec. 5) will be the first three-event day at the Berry Events Center this year.   Men’s and women’s basketball as well as hockey will be on display. Three other tripleheaders will take place later in the year. 

The women’s basketball team (1-2, 0-0 GLIAC) travels to Hancock, Mich. Tuesday (Dec. 1) to face the Finlandia University Lions in its final tune-up before conference play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 3) the Wildcats open up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action against Northwood at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 5) the ‘Cats face the Warriors of Wayne State at 11 a.m. The ‘Cats are looking for another win after dropping the past two games. 
Men’s basketball (2-1, 0-0 GLIAC) opens up conference play this week against Northwood Thursday (Dec. 3) at approximately 7:30 p.m. before facing Wayne State Saturday (Dec. 5) at approximately 1 p.m. The ‘Cats are coming off a win Monday night against Finlandia. 
Hockey (5-5-4, 4-3-3-0 CCHA) host the Michigan State Spartans and former NMU head coach Rick Comley for a series Friday and Saturday nights (Dec. 4-5) at 7:35 p.m. The ‘Cats tied each night last week in Fairbanks, Alaska, but lost both shootouts to the Nanooks. 
Other events surrounding hockey will be taking place this week. Friday (Dec. 4) there will be a Blue Line Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the University Center as the public is welcome to attend. The cost of the luncheon is $8.50 per person. NMU head coach Walt Kyle and MSU mentor Comley are scheduled to speak.   Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Commissioner Tom Anastos will also be on-hand to say a few words. Selected Wildcats will be in attendance and speak. 
Before Friday’s game there will be a Blue Line Club/Wildcat Club Social in the Wildcat Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. The NMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting a can drive during Friday’s game. All fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable can goods which can be left at the doors.      
Between the first and second periods Saturday night is “Warmth on Ice” which is being sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs. Hats and mittens can be thrown onto the ice which will then be collected and distributed to children in need of the items throughout Marquette County.
After the game Saturday all fans are welcome to attend the fourth period reception at The Landmark Inn. The event is sponsored by   The Landmark Inn and Hyde & Swajanen.
The NMU football team will host its annual awards banquet Saturday (Dec. 5) beginning at 6 p.m. at the University Center. The cost of the banquet is $15 per person. 
Nordic skiing, weather permitting, will attempt to have its first event of the season. The skiers are scheduled to compete Saturday-Sunday (Dec. 5-6) with a time and place to be determined. 
On the road this week the NMU swimming and diving team will conclude the first semester of swimming with their taper meet. The ‘Cats travel to Calvin College to participate in their invitational Thursday-Saturday (Dec. 3-5). 
Opening up its schedule Saturday (Dec. 5) the NMU indoor track and field team competes at the St. Scholastica Open in Duluth, Minn.
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director