MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team plays two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games at home this week. First up for the ‘Cats (6-7, 1-5) will be matchup with Saginaw Valley State University. The Cardinals come into Marquette with a record of 4-8 overall and 2-4 in the GLIAC, tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Wildcats then play Lake Superior State University (9-3, 6-0 GLIAC) on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. tipoff.
NMU is looking to bounce back after losing their last three games on the road. Junior Staci Beckel continues to pace the ‘Cats as she is averaging 11.8 points. Chelsea Lyons has increased her average to 11.3 points per game and is now in the starting lineup.
SVSU comes into town after a win against Ferris State that put an end to its five-game losing streak. The Cardinals are averaging 60 points per game and are led by Kristen Greene, who is averaging 10.8 points this season. Brittany Burkhardt is averaging over 11 points in conference games this season for the Cardinals.
Lake Superior State is tied for the GLIAC North lead. LSSU is on a six-game winning streak and coming off an impressive overtime win at No. 11 Grand Valley State. Four Lakers are averaging over 10 points per game. Emily Joseph leads the GLIAC in scoring with 22.7 points per game and 2.4 steals a game. Joseph has scored 52 points in the last two games. LSSU also leads the GLIAC at the foul line, shooting 79 percent on the season.
Last season the ‘Cats defeated both SVSU and LSSU twice. NMU has not lost to the Cardinals since December of 2006. LSSU plays at Michigan Tech on Thursday.
All the action can be heard on 100.3 FM “The Point” as Ryan Beckman gives you the call from the Berry Events Center.
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