MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team will play two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games at home this weekend. First up for the ‘Cats (5-3, 0-1) will be a match up with North Division leader No. 9 Grand Valley State on Saturday (Dec. 18) at 3 p.m. The Lakers come into Marquette with a record of 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats will play Ferris State (5-3, 2-2 GLIAC) on Sunday afternoon with a 3 p.m. tipoff as well.
After losing their lone conference game against Michigan Tech (65-77) The Wildcats defeated UW-Parkside 75-68 in a nail biter finish. NMU was up by three with 1:03 left to play and made eight free throws in a row to seal the victory.
Leading the ‘Cats is junior newcomer Staci Beckl. The UW-Green Bay transfer is averaging 12.4 points per game. Senior point guard Steffani Stoeger is second on the team averaging 11 points and dishing out 2.4 assists per game. Another new face on the squad from UW-Green Bay is Chelsea Lyons who is scoring 10.5 points off the bench and has had a double-double in her last two games.
No. 9 GVSU comes to town with an eight-game winning streak. The Lakers are averaging a GLIAC best 76.8 points per game. Sophomore Briauna Taylor is second in the conference in points averaging 17.3. GVSU has two others scoring in double figures. Alex Stelfox is averaging 15 while Jasmine Pain is averaging 10.6.
Sunday afternoon’s game against Ferris State looks on paper to be a battle. Both squads are averaging 68.4 points per game. Tricia Principe leads FSU in scoring with 13.6 per game. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive win over Northwood University. FSU’s Lindsey Pettit made the game-winning basket with five seconds left the play. The Bulldogs lead the GLIAC in assists on the season with 17.6 per game. Becci Houdek has 46 on the season and is averaging 5.8 per game.
Last season the ‘Cats split with Grand Valley beating them once down in Allendale 66-54 and came up just short the second time around falling 63-66 at NMU. The Wildcats have not lost to Ferris State since February of 2009 in Big Rapids.
After this weekend’s GLIAC contests the Wildcats will be on the road until Thursday Jan. 13 when they return to the Berry Events Center to face Saginaw Valley State University.
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