MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team looks to extend its two-game win streak and remain in the hunt for the conference tournament, when it hosts rival Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Berry Events Center.
The ‘Cats enter the matchup at 10-11 on the season and 6-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. NMU picked up two thrilling victories at home last week with a 70-69 win over Wayne State (Feb. 2) and an equally thrilling, 79-76 victory over Findlay (Feb. 4).
Senior guard Chelsea Lyons was named GLIAC North Division “Player of the Week” for her pivotal role in the two home wins. Lyons averaged 26.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and shot 52.9 percent from the field in the two wins over the south division opponents. In the past seven games, Lyons has averaged 22 ppg and currently sits seventh in the league in scoring with an average of 15.4 ppg. Freshman guard Alyssa Colla continued her stellar rookie season with a career-high 24 points in the win over Findlay.
The Lakers enter the contest at 8-13 on the season and 4-10 in the GLIAC. LSSU sits in fifth place in the north division, splitting a pair of games last week. LSSU fell 75-56 at Ferris State before notching a big comeback win over Grand Valley State, 51-42. Trailing 41-35 with just under seven minutes to go, LSSU went on a 16-1 run to end the game.
The ‘Cats defeated the Lakers earlier this season in Sault Ste. Marie, 55-36 back on Jan. 14.
NMU snapped a two-game skid against LSSU with the win and limited the Lakers to shoot just 21.4 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from long range. Lyons paced the ‘Cats with 13 points and five boards while senior forward Hillary Bowling netted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The ‘Cats are 47-34 all-time against the Lakers dating back to the 1974-75 season.
Thursday’s game is part of a doubleheader, with the men’s game set to tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
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