MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team hits the road for the final team in the regular season this week, traveling to the Buckeye state to take on south division foes Lake Erie (Feb. 16) and Ashland (Feb. 18).
The ‘Cats enter the matchup at 10-12 on the season and 6-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. NMU dropped a 74-69 contest to rival Lake Superior State back on Feb. 9. The ‘Cats trailed by as many as 25 points in the second half before mounting a furious comeback that was halted at the foul line by the Lakers.
Senior guard Chelsea Lyons paced NMU with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the loss. The senior is averaging 24 points per game over the last eight games. Freshman guard Alyssa Colla continues to impress in her rookie season, netting 14 points, four boards and four assists against the Lakers. Colla is averaging 13 ppg over that same eight game stretch.
Lake Erie enters the contest at 16-6 on the season and 10-5 in the GLIAC. Thursday’s meeting is just the second ever between the two schools. The Storm split a pair of games last weekend, falling to Ferris State before defeating Grand Valley State. Lake Erie sits in third place in the south division and has produced one of the biggest turnarounds in the GLIAC. Last season, Lake Erie finished just 3-22 in its first with the GLIAC.
Last season, the ‘Cats rumbled past the Storm 107-75 in Marquette.
Thursday’s game is part of a doubleheader, with the game set to tipoff at 6 p.m., with the men’s game to follow.
On Saturday, NMU travels to No. 5 Ashland. The Eagles have won 22 straight contests and stand at 22-1 on the season and a perfect 16-0 in the GLIAC entering the week. With its sweep last weekend of Grand Valley State and then No. 25 Ferris State, Ashland clinched the south division outright.
The ‘Cats are 16-6 all-time against the Eagles dating back to the 1995-96 season. NMU has won three straight in the series, including a 74-66 contest last season in Marquette.
NMU is 4-6 in its last 10 trips to the Buckeye state, including a 1-2 mark last season.
Saturday’s game is also part of a doubleheader, with the game set to tipoff at 1 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m.
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