Cullen Maksimowski, LSSULakers.com
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— The Lake Superior State men's and women's basketball teams will head to Ohio this weekend for a pair Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games at Ashland and Tiffin.
On Thursday, the Lakers will take on the Eagles in double-header action beginning with the women's game at 5:30 p.m. and the men tipping off at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Lake State will clash with the Dragons (1 & 3 p.m.)
Both games will be streaming live on Boxcast TV.
WBB Game Notes: Lakers vs Eagles
The Laker women will have their work cut out for them heading into Thursday's tilt as they take on defending national champion, and No.1-ranked Ashland.
LSSU is 2-17 overall on the season with a 1-13 mark in GLIAC competition. AU is 22-0, 14-0 and currently on a 59 game win-streak dating back to the 2015-16 season.
The Lakers fell, 78-67, back on Nov.30 inside the Bud Cooper in their first matchup of the season.
For the season, Lake Superior is averaging 58.3 points per game and shooting 41.7 percent from the field with a 32.1 clip from three-point range. Ashland is leading the nation at 102.1 points per game, a 58.1 field goal percentage and are No.2 in three-point percentage (40.0).
Senior forward Tamara Novic leads the team in scoring and rebounding this season averaging 12.1 points per game and 5.6 boards per game. Novic ranks No.3 in the GLIAC in field goal percentage at 58.9.
Sophomore guard Abigail Ostman is posting 8.7 point per contest and leads the team in three-point shooting with a 40 percent clip from behind the arc.
The Eagles are led offensively by the top the scorers in the conference, Jodi Johnson and Laina Snyder, who are averaging 19.8 and 19.4 points per game respectively.
MBB Game Notes: Lakers vs Eagles
In what has turned into a fierce conference rivalry over the years, the Laker men will look to capture their second win of the season over the Eagles after a, 82-73, win in the Bud Cooper back on Nov.30.
Lake State is 17-5 overall this season and own second place in the GLIAC North Division with a 11-3 conference record. Ashland is 15-7, 8-6 and hold the No.2 spot in the South Division.
LSSU comes in averaging 81.4 points per game, which ranks No.2 in the league and are No.3 defensively 68.0. The Eagles are averaging 73.5 points per contest and own the No.1 scoring defense in the GLIAC (65.3).
Senior guard Akaemji Williams paces the team in scoring and ranks No.3 in the conference averaging 19.5 points per game. Williams leads the league and ranks No.9 nationally in ball handling with 7.0 assists per contest.
Michael Nicholson, a senior forward, leads the GLIAC and ranks No.4 nationally in offensive efficiency with a 68.2 field goal percentage on the year. Nicholson is averaging 12.4 points per game and leads the team on the glass with 7.7 boards per game.
Blake Marquardt has been the team's best sharpshooter this season with a 51.6 percent clip from behind the arc which ranks No.2 in the GLIAC and No.4 nationally.
Wendell leads the Eagles and ranks No.2 in the league in scoring averaging 30.8 points per game. Drew Noble is posting 13.7 per game.
A Glance at the Dragons:
The Tiffin women are 7-15 overall, 3-11 in the GLIAC and are averaging 60.3 points per game. Allie Miller lead the team in scoring at 15.4 points per contest.
The men's squad is 7-15, 3-11, and are posting 71.5 points per contest. Austin Adams is the team's leading scorer (14.6).
Both teams are slated for home matchups with Ferris State Thursday evening.
On the Horizon:
After Saturday's action the Lakers will remain on the road as they take on a pair of U.P rivals in Northern Michigan (Feb.15) and Michigan Tech (Feb. 17).
Lake State returns home Feb.22 as they welcome in Grand Valley in league action. Tickets are available at the Norris Center Ticket Office or online at lssulakers.com/tickets.