MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team will hit the road for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games this week. First up for the ‘Cats (7-8, 2-6 GLIAC) will be match-up with No. 19 Grand Valley State University (12-3, 6-3 GLIAC) on Thursday (Jan. 20) at 8 p.m. Saturday NMU will then head north on 131-North to take on Ferris State University (7-8, 3-6 GLIAC). Tipoff will be at 3 p.m. in Big Rapids.
Early in the season NMU split with these two ball clubs. The ‘Cats lost to GVSU 59-65 on Dec. 18 and defeated FSU on Dec. 20 (75-56). In the win over the Bulldogs four ‘Cats scored in double figures. Steffani Stoeger (16), Kelli Rietveld (15), Staci Beckel (20) and Chelsea Lyons (12) lead NMU to the victory. Hillary Bowling, Erin Powers, Rietveld and Lyons combined were 12-12 from the foul line in the game.
Leading the ‘Cats in scoring this season is Chelsea Lyons with 11.9 points per game. Beckel is at 11.5, while Stoeger is sitting at 10.5 points. Powers has hauled down 95 rebounds this season averaging 6.3 a game, while Bowling has made 23 3-pointers. NMU is averaging 64 points this season and is hungry for a road win as they are 0-3 on the road in conference play.
Grand Valley is ranked No. 19 this week by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The Lakers are coming off a win against Hillsdale College (67-65) after dropping two straight conference games at home. GVSU is lead by Alex Stelfox who is averaging 14.9 points a game. Briauna Taylor is averaging 13.7 points and 7.1 boards a game. Jasmine Padin is averaging 10.2 points and leads the GLIAC in assists with 5.6 a game. As a team GVSU leads the conference in rebounding with 618 on the season.
FSU is coming off a win over Northwood (65-55) that snapped its three-game losing streak. The Bulldogs are lead by Tiara Adams and Tricia Principe. Together they both are averaging 12.5 points per game. The Bulldogs lead the GLIAC in assists on the season with 16.2 per game. Becci Houdek has 76 assists and is averaging 5.1 per game.
Last season the ‘Cats defeated Grand Valley (66-54) down in Allendale. The Wildcats have not lost to Ferris State since February of 2009 in Big Rapids.
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