February 12, 2013

Women’s Basketball Travels Downstate for Final Time

MARQUETTE, Mich. – After a three-game home stretch, the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team hits the road to the Lower Peninsula for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. NMU travels to Saginaw Valley State University on Thursday (Feb. 14) and to Wayne State University on Saturday (Feb. 16). Tip-off against the Cardinals is at 8 p.m., with Saturday’s game at 3 p.m. against the Warriors.

The Wildcats open the week at 11-10 overall and 8-9 in conference play after being swept at home over the weekend. NMU fell 56-67 to Grand Valley State University on Thursday (Feb. 7). On Saturday (Feb. 9), Ferris State University defeated NMU 73-70 in overtime.

Sophomore guards Alyssa Colla (12.7) and Lauren Gruber (12.3) average in double figures for Northern. Freshman forward Nea Makela leads in rebounds with 5.9. Sophomore forward Abbey DeBruin pulls down 5.0 while Gruber averages 4.9.

SVSU is 10-11 overall and shares the same GLIAC record (8-9) with the Wildcats. The Cardinals split this past weekend with a 76-65 victory at Lake Superior State University on Thursday, and were defeated 68-58 to WSU on Saturday. With the loss to the Warriors, SVSU snapped its four-game winning streak, its longest of the season.

Emily Wendling averages 15.7 points per contest for the Cardinals, while Samantha Zirzow (10.8) also scores in the double figures. The two forwards also lead in rebounds with 8.4 (Wendling) and 7.1 (Zirzow). Wendling has the third highest field goal percentage in the GLIAC with 56.3.

NMU leads the all-time series against the Cardinals. Northern has defeated SVSU in nine of the last 10 meetings, including a 67-57 victory earlier this season (Jan. 17).

WSU sits at the top of the GLIAC North Division at 15-5 overall and 13-3 in the conference. The Warriors have won its last six games, with its last loss being to Michigan Technological University back on Jan. 17. Along with the win against the Cardinals, the Warriors also defeated Northwood 67-65 in overtime on Thursday.

Talisha Bridges leads in points for WSU with a 15.7 average per game, while Paige Sickmiller has 13.8 and Juanita Cochran with 10.9. Cochran is first in the rebound column with a 7.6 average, with Pheabre Colbert (6.7) and Talisha Bridges (6.6) close behind.

Northern also leads the series against WSU, 28-18. The Wildcats dropped 63-59 in the meeting against the Warriors in Marquette earlier this season (Jan. 19).

100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio voice of the NMU Wildcats, will broadcast both games.

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Prepared By
Jamie Carter
NMU Sports Information
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