Cullen Maksimowski, LSSULakers.com
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— The Lake Superior State men's and women's basketball teams will travel to Big Rapids, Mich., this Saturday for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games against Ferris State.
The men will kick things off at 1 p.m. when they look to knock of the No.4-ranked Bulldogs on their home floor. Preceding at 3 p.m., the women will square off with as the Lakers in search of their first conference win of the season.
Saturday action will be streaming live on Stretch TV. Audio coverage is available on ESPN 1400.
MBB Game Notes: Lakers vs Bulldogs
In what may prove to be the biggest matchup of the season, the Lakers will go into Wink Arena looking to make it two-straight over the Bulldogs after handing them their only loss of the season, 79-74, back on Dec.16 inside Bud Cooper Gymnasium.
Saturday's tilt could have major postseason seeding implications as each team occupies the top two spots in the GLIAC North Division. Lake State is 15-4 overall on the season and hold second place in the North with a 9-2 conference record. Ferris State is 20-1, 10-1 and hold the No.1 spot in the division.
LSSU comes in averaging 81.8 points per game, which ranks No.2 in the league behind FSU who are averaging 84.2 per contest. The Lakers (68.5) and Bulldogs (68.7) are second and third in the GLIAC respectively in scoring defense.
Senior guard Akaemji Williams paces the team in scoring and ranks No.3 in the conference averaging 19.3 points per game. Williams leads the league and ranks No.10 nationally in ball handling with 6.9 assists per contest.
Michael Nicholson, a senior forward, leads the GLIAC and ranks No.4 nationally in offensive efficiency with a 69.9 field goal percentage on the year. Nicholson is averaging 13.0 points per game and leads the team on the glass with 7.8 boards per game.
Blake Marquardt has been the team's best sharpshooter this season with a 50.5 percent clip from behind the arc which ranks No.2 in the GLIAC and No.5 nationally.
Drew Cushingberry leads the Bulldogs in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game and ranks No.2 in the GLIAC at 5.9 assists per contest. Forward Zach Hankins is averaging 13.6 per game and leads the conference in in rebounding a nine per game.
WBB Game Notes: Lakers vs Bulldogs
Lake State will head into Saturday's meeting looking to build upon its first win of the season on Tuesday which came against non-conference Algoma (Ontario), 81-38, at home.
LSSU is 1-15 overall on the season with a 0-11 mark in GLIAC competition. FSU is 10-9 overall with 4-7 mark in the conference. The Lakers fell, 78-67, back on Dec.16 inside the Bud Cooper in their first matchup of the season.
For the season, Lake Superior is shooting 40.8 percent from the field with a 32.1 percentage from three-point range. Ferris State is shooting 42.4 and 28.4 percent.
Senior forward Tamara Novic leads the team in scoring and rebounding this season averaging 11.7 points per game 6.5 boards per game. Novic ranks No.3 in the GLIAC in field goal percentage at 58.2.
Junior guard Courtney Jacobsen leads the team in three-point shooting and ranks No.5 in the league with a 39.7 percent clip from behind the arc.
Rachel McInerney leads Ferris State offensively and No.5 in the league averaging 16 point per game. Leah Humes is posting 10.1.
On the Horizon:
After Saturday's action the Lakers will return home as they host Saginaw Valley next Thursday (Feb.1) in GLIAC competition. Ticket are available at the Norris Center Ticket Office or online at lssulakers.com/tickets.
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