Wildcats land four on All-GLIAC Basketball teams

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BAY CITY, Mi. Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball saw four student-athletes earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-GLIAC honors.

Senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) and sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) were named to to the All-GLIAC First Team while junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) was named Second Team All-GLIAC. Schultz and senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) both earned All-Defensive Team.

Youngstrom led the team with 10.9 points per game this season. In a double overtime win at Ferris State University, she scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Wildcats to victory. In six of the past eight games, she has scored at least 15 points. She also led the team with 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals per game. She posted a season-best 12 rebounds against Ferris State in January and finished the year averaging 5.1 rebounds. In the team's GLIAC Quarterfinals victory over Ferris State, she tallied six points, seven rebounds and had seven assists.

Smith finished the season averaging 10.2 points per game and was second with 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals. The sophomore notched 21 points in the team's upset victory over Grand Valley State University in the Berry Events Center and recorded a career-best nine rebounds on three occasions.

Schultz has led the NMU defense with 1.2 blocks per game and is third on the team with 9.1 points while shooting 51.7% from the field for the season. In the team's recent win over Ferris State, Schultz tallied her first double-double since her freshman season by posting 19 points and 13 rebounds. She also added three blocked shots. Over the past three games heading into the GLIAC Semifinals, Schultz is averaging 15 points a game.

Dillinger is rou­tinely matched up with the opponent's best perimeter player and has kept players below their aver­age all season long. The senior is tied for third on the team with 17 steals on the season. She tied her career-high with four steals in a victory at Lake Superior State University. Offensively, she also set a new career-high by scoring 12 points against Davenport University.

The four have helped guide the Wildcats to a 21-win season and a GLIAC Quarterfinals victory. The team will take on #7 Grand Valley State University in the GLIAC Semifinals Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., played at GVSU