MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team snuck into the GLIAC Tournament for the fifth consecutive season. The Wildcats won six of their final ten conference games to secure the eighth and final spot in the tourney.
NMU will take on the top seeded Ashland Eagles. In their only meeting earlier this season, Ashland beat NMU 75-49. The Eagles are one of the toughest teams in the country, especially down low.
“They’re just really, really hard to stop there,” said NMU head coach Troy Mattson. “They’ll throw it in their every single time down the court. They’re just great basketball players down there. Our size is obviously an advantage for us a little bit, but they’re so athletic and so strong that we really need to combat them inside.”
“They’re really athletic and really quick,” said NMU forward Kendall Martenet. “We just have to focus on playing really good defense and just not let them catch the ball down low. We’re really trying to shut that part of their offense down and see what they can do with their outside people instead.”
“They’re big inside,” said NMU guard Bre Gaspervich. “They can rebound really well. Their post players are really good, so it’s hard to contain them. I feel that we played them so early in the year and we’ve gotten so much better, so I think we have a really good chance to beat them.”
Tip–off Tuesday night in Ashland is set for 5:30 p.m.