HOUGHTON, Mich. – The stage is about for a marquee matchup between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan in ladies’s basketball Saturday at 3 p.m. at Berry Occasions Heart. The Huskies (11-3, 5-1) drive East having gained seven of their final eight, together with a win over No. 19 ranked Ferris State in December.
Like Tech, the Wildcats (10-5, 5-1) collected highway wins in opposition to Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State and moved as much as No. 7 within the D2SIDA Midwest Area rankings. MTU stayed at No. 4 having crossed the mid-point of the common season.
Saturday’s doubleheader with males’s basketball is on radio Combine 93.5 FM WKMJ and on-line at pasty.web. TV6 shall be on the air for each video games with Dave Ellis on tv play-by-play.
Deadlocked in second place within the GLIAC standings behind No. 4 nationally ranked Grand Valley State, each squads benefitted from a number of returning starters this fall. Junior guard Makaylee Kuhn (guard – Hilbert, Wisconsin) leads the ‘Cats and ranks seventh within the convention in scoring at 15.4 factors per sport in her fourth collegiate season.
Kuhn tallied 29 factors in two conferences with the Huskies final season. Her current kind has been good, with 17 factors in a 56-52 victory at SVSU Saturday and 10 factors in a 56-52 extra time win at Wayne State.
The Huskies counter effectively with senior guard Ellie Mackay (Novi, Michigan). In her fifth season at beginning guard, Mackay leads Tech with 13.7 factors per sport. She marked her third sport of 20 or extra factors in a 63-53 win over Saginaw Valley State Thursday, adopted by one other 13 factors in an 86-71 consequence at Wayne State Saturday.
Mackay compiled 27 factors in two matchups final yr. As a fifth yr senior, she ranks third in Tech lore with 1,661 profession factors. Michigan Tech has by no means misplaced to Northern Michigan in Mackay’s tenure. Similar to MTU soccer within the Miner’s Cup final fall, Tech ladies’s basketball seeks its twelfth straight win within the rivalry this weekend.
LAST TIME AGAINST NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Isabella Lenz led Tech to a 68-49 win at Berry Occasions Heart on January 31, 2022 with 13 factors (6-8) however protection was the largest motive for victory. Michigan Tech surrendered simply 18 first half factors, nabbed seven steals, and three blocks, whereas holding a 2-to-1 help to turnover ratio (16-8).
The groups collected 26 rebounds apiece and Kuhn led the NMU offense with 10 factors.
Each groups ended their 2021-22 campaigns within the GLIAC Match. The Wildcats fell within the quarterfinals to Grand Valley State 71-52. The Lakers have been ranked No. 2 within the nation on the time. Michigan Tech servived extra time in opposition to Northwood, however bowed out in a semifinal matchup with Grand Valley State 71-57. Tech returned all 5 starters in 2022-23, resulting in their choice to complete third within the GLIAC Preseason Coaches’ Ballot underneath fifth yr head coach Sam Clayton.
Junior guard Alex Rondorf checks in a No. 5 within the league in rebounds (8.1 rpg) whereas junior ahead Sara Dax ranks second in taking pictures share (54.4-percent).
Early season success could be attributed to duty with the basketball because the group ranks ninth in Division II in turnovers (12.6) and twenty fifth in help to turnover ratio (1.11).
LENZ CONTINUES TO EXCEL
Lenz (Prescott, Wisconsin) has proven no indicators of a sophomore stoop following her choice as GLIAC Freshman of the Yr. She has began every off the final six video games and posted a team-high 18 factors in 33 minutes at Wayne State.
Lenz has a pair of 20-point video games, most lately at Walsh on December 31. Lenz has improved from 5.0 factors per outing in 2021-22 to 13.4 factors this season, with a rise in practically 10 minutes on the ground.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
After posting a sub 5 hundred document final season, NMU was projected to take seventh place within the standings. Eleven returners on the roster have helped the group exceed expectations to this point. Along with offense, Kuhn additionally leads the group in rebounds (7.5 rpg) and assists (43). Whereas she has excelled within the paint, Kuhn has proven slight vulnerability past the arc (4-29, 14-percent).
The Wildcats began the yr with three straight non-conference victories. Then each MTU and NMU got here up quick in opposition to Southwest Minnesota State in mid-November.
The ‘Cats are underneath new management this season after the hiring of Casey Thousand as head coach. Thousand returned to NMU after serving as assistant coach from 2016-18 and affiliate head coach in 2018-19. The previous three years, Thousand was head coach at College of Illinois-Springfield. UIS held a 17-11 document in 2021-22, its finest document in 23 years.
The Wildcats dipped into the switch portal within the low season, including sophomores Abi Fraaza (Minnesota Crookston) and Hallie Marshall (Hope School). Fraaza has 9 appearances off the bench and scores at a fee of seven.8 factors per sport.
Sophomore beginning guard Mackenzie Holzwart (Howards Grove, Wisconsin) has far surpassed her 3.3 factors complete a yr in the past and ranks second on the squad by way of 15 video games with 9.2 factors and 5.5 rebounds.
IN A HISTORICAL SENSE
Within the first season of Michigan Tech ladies’s basketball, Northern Michigan gained their solely assembly 87-37 in Inexperienced Bay, Wisconsin. Since then, the Huskies maintain the sting 53-52.
The groups haven’t met within the playoffs since 2013-14. Northern Michigan gained their solely assembly the NCAA Divison II Match in 1997-98 (74-58).
D2SIDA MIDWEST REGION RANKINGS (WEEK 8)
1. Ashland (6)
2. Grand Valley State
4. Michigan Tech
5. Kentucky Wesleyan
6. Ferris State
8. Truman State
10. Northern Michigan
Receiving Votes: Maryville
GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Grand Valley fifth-year guard Emily Spitzley performed a giant function in main the Lakers to a 2-0 document this previous weekend.
Spitzley averaged 21.5 factors and 6.5 rebounds in wins over Parkside and Purdue Northwest.
Within the win over Parkside, Spitzley went off for a career-high 31 factors, shooing 61.1% from the sector and 55.6% from three, whereas including seven rebounds and three assists.
In that sport, she turned the twenty seventh Laker in program historical past to surpass the 1,000 level mark in her profession.
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Rebounds (fiftieth DII)
Subject Purpose Proportion
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(ninth DII) Turnovers
(seventh DII) Free Throw Proportion
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