Echols, Smith named GLIAC Basketball Players of the Week

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BAY CITY, Mi. Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball North Player of the Week after guiding the Wildcats to victories over Davenport University and Grand Valley State University last week.

Echols averaged 19.5 points and four rebounds per game and dished out seven total assists for the week. He also finished 50% from the three-point line and made 10-10 from the charity stripe.

Against Davenport, the senior point guard finished with 13 points with four assists and two steals. He followed it by posting 26 points Saturday against GVSU, hitting four threes, and led the team with eight rebounds while notching three assists.

This is the second time this season that Echols has been named GLIAC North Player of the Week and the fifth time the Wildcats have earned the honor as senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) has earned the award three times this season.

The Wildcats now prepare to take on rival Michigan Technological University in the Berry Events Center Saturday at 1 p.m. Wildcat Willy will also be giving away t-shirts to the first students to arrive courtside for both women's game, starting at 11 a.m., and again for those students arriving for the men's game.

Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball North Player of the Week for the second time this season and second time in the three weeks. NMU has won Player of the Week honors three-straight week after senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) won the award last week.

Smith scored 21 points as she helped lead the Wildcats to a 56-43 victory over #9 Grand Valley State University Saturday afternoon, finishing the game 10-17 from the field. On Thursday, the sophomore scored 16 points and tied her career-high with nine rebounds to help NMU defeat Davenport University 69-61.

For the week, Smith averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. She also added five assists and two steals for the week. She now leads the team with 11.1 points per game and is shooting 47% from the field. She is also third with 5.2 rebounds and dishes out 1.5 assists per game as well.

The Wildcats are now tied at the top of the GLIAC standings at 9-1 in the conference and boast a 14-4 overall season record. NMU returns to action Saturday to take on rival Michigan Technological University inside the Berry Events Center at 11 a.m.