BAY CITY, Mich. (WLUC) – Senior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) and junior Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) were named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Preseason All-GLIAC team while the Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team was picked to finish second in the North Division and third overall in the Preseason Coaches Poll.
Schultz was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team and the GLIAC All-Defensive Team last year after she averaged 9.6 points and led the team with 1.2 blocks per game. She reached double digits in points 15 times and also snagged double figures in rebounds three times. In the GLIAC Tournament, she posted a double-double against Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University.
Smith comes back to the team after earning First Team All-GLIAC status last season as she averaged 10.3 points per game and earned two GLIAC Player of the Week honors. She reached double-figures in 15 games, including a season-high 24 points against Minnesota State University-Mankato.
NMU also sees senior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.), Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) and juniors Amber Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) and Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) and freshman Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) return this season as each saw nearly 10 minutes or more of action per game last year. Redshirt freshmen Peyton Wright (Ashwaubenon, Wis.), Madigan Johns (Ishpeming, Mich.) and Andrea Perez (Madrid, Spain) enter the season looking to make in an impact this season.
Several newcomers join the squad this year as sophomore transfer Elena Alaix (Madrid, Spain) and freshman Gwen Streblow (Plymouth, Wis.), Avery Ledy (Marquette, Mich.), Samantha Potter (Royal Oak, Mich.), Makaylee Kuhn (Hilbert, Wis.), Emily Coveyou (St. Ignace, Mich.) and Esther Byington (Grand Haven, Mich.) all join the team and look to contribute to the team.
In the coaches poll, the Wildcats received four first place votes and finished with a total of 53 points. NMU is seeded second in North Division and third overall in the GLIAC, putting them ahead of Ashland University, who has won the last four GLIAC Tournament Championships.
The Wildcats tip off the season on Saturday, November 9 when the Wildcats head to Lewis University to take on William Jewell College for the GLIAC/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge. NMU hosts their first game in the Berry Events Center Saturday, November 23 when St. Cloud State University comes to town.