MARQUETTE, Mich. – After two games on the road last weekend, the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team will return home this weekend for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. The Wildcats host Saginaw Valley State University on Thursday (Jan. 17) at 7:30 p.m. and Wayne State University on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 1 p.m.
The ‘Cats fell to 5-5 in GLIAC play after getting swept last weekend at Grand Valley State (58-48) and Ferris State (47-46). On the season, the ‘Cats are led by sophomore guard Lauren Gruber who averages 12.4 points a game. Sophomore guard Alyssa Colla scores 10.5 and freshman forward Nea Makela averages six boards per game.
SVSU, (6-7, 4-5 GLIAC) split on the weekend with a win over Lake Superior State (68-52) on Thursday and a loss at Wayne State (63-48) on Saturday. Emily Wendling leads the Cardinals with an average of 15.2 points a game, while Samantha Zirzow (11.3) and Kristen Green (11.2) also average in double figures. Wendling also leads in rebounds with 9.5.
The ‘Cats lead the series against the Cardinals, 42-22. The two teams met twice last season, with NMU winning both meetings, the most recent win in Marquette, 76-61.
Wayne State sits at second place in the North Division of the GLIAC with a 7-2 conference record. The Warriors swept the weekend at home with a 74-60 win over Northwood and the victory over SVSU. Talisha Bridges is the point leader for Wayne State with a 15.1 average while Paige Sickmiller averages 13.8 and Pheabre Colbert, 11.2. Colbert leads the team with rebounds, averaging 7.5 and Bridges averages 6.5.
NMU also leads the all-time record against Wayne State with a record of 28-17. Last season, the ‘Cats defeated the Warriors, 70-69 in Marquette.
100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio voice of the NMU Wildcats, will broadcast both games.
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