MARQUETTE — This past weekend, the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team defeated Finlandia 90–35 in their first exhibition game of the season. It was a chance for the coaching staff to see the team in real–game situations.
“Our intent was to come in and give our starters a couple of minutes because we got to have a good bench this year. It’s a long season and you never know what’s going to happen throughout the season. We had the intention of playing the people that didn’t get many minutes last year, and also playing our three freshman,” head coach Troy Mattson said.
Among those freshman were Northland Pines’s Lexi Smith, who led the team with 18 points. And Marquette’s own Amber Huebner who got her first taste of college basketball.
“The game was really good. Coach [Mattson] really prepared us well for Finlandia, and now we have some more competition coming up so this was a good game for us to get our feet wet in,” said Huebner.
“She’s tough as nails. She’s very athletic. She’s a better basketball player than I though she was coming out of high school. She’s really worked on her game a lot. We’re excited to have her here. She’s really helped us a lot because without Chloe Thompkins being back, we needed some help at that point guard position and we really didn’t know where we were going to turn last year. But Amber has filled that role really well for us,” Mattson said.
Another former Redette also made her debut as Terese Ledy took the floor for the first as a Wildcat, after being red–shirted last season.
“I was feeling pretty nervous. But when I actually got in the game, it ended up being really natural for me. It was just time issues,” said Ledy.
“She continues to improve. She’s got great athleticism and she’s got length. She still needs to get a little bit stronger to play at this level against some bigger and stronger opponents. We like her progress right now and we’re excited about it,” Mattson said.
For Amber and Terese, it was a special day for them to play on the same court for the first time in two years.
“I think Terese played really well. She was really aggressive and made some shots. It was really cool playing with her again,” Huebner said.
“It was fun. I liked it. I’ve played with Amber basically my whole life so it was really nice. It was good. I’m glad,” said Ledy.
The Lady Wildcats will now get set for their regular season opener at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge down in Indianapolis beginning on November 10th.