Cullen Maksimowski, LSSULakers.com
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— The Lake Superior State men's and women's basketball teams will head west to take on a pair of Upper Peninsula rivals in Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech this week in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition.
On Thursday, the Lakers will take on the Wildcats in double-header action beginning with the men's game at 6 p.m. and the women tipping off at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Lake State will clash with the Huskies with women beginning at 1 p.m. and the men squaring off at 3 p.m.
Both games will be streaming live on Stretch TV.
MBB Game Notes: Lakers vs Wildcats
With both teams having already secured a berth in the GLIAC Tournament, Thursday's tilt could have major seeding implications with four games left in the regular season.
LSSU is 18-6 overall this season and own second place in the GLIAC North Division with a 12-4 conference record. NMU is 14-9 and occupy the third spot with an 11-5 league record.
The Lakers come in averaging 80.5 points per game, which ranks No.2 in the league and are No.3 defensively 68.3. The Wildcats are averaging 75.7 points per contest while giving up 73.5 on the defensive end.
Senior guard Akaemji Williams paces the team in scoring and ranks No.3 in the conference averaging 18.7 points per game. Williams leads the league and ranks No.11 nationally in ball handling with 6.8 assists per contest.
Michael Nicholson, a senior forward, leads the GLIAC and ranks No.6 nationally in offensive efficiency with a 67.6 field goal percentage on the year. Nicholson is averaging 11.8 points per game and leads the team on the glass with 7.6 boards per game.
Blake Marquardt has been the team's best sharpshooter this season with a 50.7 percent clip from behind the arc which ranks No.2 nationally.
Isaiah Johnson leads Northern offensively and ranks No.4 in the conference averaging 17.8 points per contest. Naba Echols is second at 15.8
WBB Game Notes: Lakers vs Wildcats
Coming off, 53-52, buzzer beater loss at Tiffin last Saturday, the Lakers are searching for their first road win of the season. Lake State dropped their first meeting (Jan.11) with Northern, 79-63, in the Bud Cooper.
LSSU is 2-19 overall on the season with a 1-15 mark in GLIAC competition. NMU is 11-13, 7-9.
For the season, the Lakers are averaging 57.3 points per game and shooting 41.1 percent from the field with a 31.5 clip from three-point range. The Wildcats are averaging 60 while shooting 41.4 and 30.3 percent.
Senior forward Tamara Novic leads the team in scoring and rebounding this season averaging 12.2 points per game and 5.8 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 38.6 percent clip from behind the arc.
A Glance at the Huskies
The No.17-ranked MTU women are 20-3 overall, 14-2 and sit atop the GLIAC North Division Standings. Brenna Heise leads the team averaging 12.3 points per game. Kelli Guy and Lindsay Winter are each posting 11.3
The men's squad is 13-10, 10-6 on the year and are in fourth place in the North Division standings. Kyle Monroe leads the team and the GLIAC in scoring posting 26.4 per contest.
The Huskies are slated for a double-header with Ferris State Thursday evening.
On the Horizon:
Lake State returns home Feb.22 & Feb.24 as they welcome in Grand Valley and Purdue Northwest inside Bud Cooper Gymnasium for their final regular season games of the year. Tickets are available at the Norris Center Ticket Office or online at lssulakers.com/tickets.
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