Biggest rivalry in U.P. writes new chapter tonight

Biggest rivalry in U.P. writes new chapter tonight

Tonight, the Berry Events Center is the place to be as the biggest rivalry in the U.P. writes another chapter in its longstanding history.

The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team is getting set to take on rivals Michigan Tech and Coach Troy Mattson has been impressed with what he has seen on tape.

“They’ve suffered some major injuries to a couple of their best players, and they still are at the top of the league and in first place. Just an incredible job by Coach Cameron and they’re very mature. They understand where the ball needs to move on offense. They make shots,” Mattson said.

Going up against one of the best teams in the GLIAC is a tall task for any squad but Coach Mattson knows what his team has to do to come away with a big win.

“We got to use our size. It has to be an advantage to us. Whether we’re guarding their guards with six foot guards or our post players dealing with Kylie Moxley and Keliher. We need to be able to stay between them and the basket as best we can and compete on shots,” said Mattson.

The Lady Wildcats are currently 7–7 on the season, staying in the thick of the playoff chase. But playing five games in ten days has really taken a toll on the team.

“It’s tough because you don’t get rest. When we have to people injured ourselves, we haven’t had a chance to rest them as much as we like and we can’t get them healthy right now. So they need to play hurt and they will. We just hope they don’t get hurt in the game so that they have to come out,” said Mattson.

Tipoff for the game is set for 6pm.