MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team (9-13, 4-11 GLIAC) will play its final Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games at the Berry Events Center this week. Thursday night the ‘Cats will host Lake Erie College (3-18, 2-13) for the first time in school history. Saturday afternoon will be senior day and NMU will take on Ashland University (15-7, 10-5 GLIAC). The game will mark the final time Steffani Stoeger, Kelli Rietveld, Erin Powers, Jaclyn Davey and Callie Youngman will suit up in their home uniforms together. Christa Erickson from last year’s team will also be honored. The group has won 54 games and was part of NMU’s NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
Chelsea Lyons (12.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Staci Beckel(11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg) continue to lead the ‘Cats. Stoeger leads the team in assists (50) and steals (41). Powers leads the team in rebounding as she has hauled down 128 boards this year and Rietveld is (83 percent) 40-48 from the foul line. Davey has been an enforcer in the paint blocking 13 shots this season and Youngman is shooting 66 percent from beyond the arc.
Lake Erie is currently on a two-game losing streak but only victorious in one of its last 11 games. Stephanie Rogers (15.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and Jen Caiola (12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg) lead the Storm who are in its first year of GLIAC play. Rogers is also shooting 80 percent from the foul line.
Ashland comes to Marquette on a two-game winning streak and has won seven out of their last 10 games. Davia Gerbec (15.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg.) and Elizabeth Taylor (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg.) have led the Eagles this season. NMU defeated Ashland in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament last season 71-50 and holds the all-time record 13-5.
A third half reception for the team and its seniors will take place at Hudson’s Restaurant following Saturday’s game.
Ryan Beckman brings you all the action on 100.3 FM “The Point.” An internet broadcast can be found at: http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsAthletics/SiteSections/ForCatFans/GameBroadcasts.shtml
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