PREVIEW: Huskies receive challenging NSIC opponents this week



PREVIEW: Huskies receive challenging NSIC opponents this week



HOUGHTON, Mich. – After a victory over Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, the Huskies will return home after Thanksgiving to face two more Northern Sun opponents, including St. Cloud State (Friday, Nov. 25) and Minnesota Duluth (Saturday, Nov. 26).

Both are formidable foes, with the SCSU Huskies fresh off a trip to the NCAA Central Region Semifinals and the Bulldogs winning back-to-back NSIC Tournament Championships. Both games will be streamed via FloSports and broadcast on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ with Mitch Lake on play-by-play.

LAST TIME OFF

  • Michigan Tech used a 14-0 run in the third quarter to pull out Minnesota Crookston 82-62 Saturday afternoon at Lysaker Gymnasium.
  • The Huskies avenged a Thursday night loss to Southwest Minnesota State.
  • Katelyn Meister led the Huskies with 15 points, six rebounds and one steal.
  • Ellie Mackay shot 50 percent and scored a total of 13 points.
  • Alex Rondorf grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds with four steals and eight points.
  • The senior already has a few double-doubles to his name this fall.

HUSKIES VERSUS HUSKIES

  • Tech last played at St. Cloud State in Moorhead, Minnesota on November 15, 2019 in the MSU-Moorhead Classic Tournament.
  • MTU had four players in double digits including Sloane Zenner (12) but fell 65-61. Tech shot 39 percent overall.

HUSKIES VS BULLDOGS

  • Last season, the Huskies fell to the then No. 18 ranked Bulldogs 67-50 at SDC Gymnasium.
  • UMD pulled back in the second half and took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
  • The Huskies struggled from the field while shooting both 33 percent and 33 percent from outside the arc.
  • Mackay finished with 10 points.

SCSU THE SCSU HUSKIES

  • With a pair of wins to start the year against Valley City State and Presentation College, St. Cloud State fell 59-56 to Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday night at Halenbeck Hall (St. Cloud).
  • Jada Egbracht led SCSU with 18 points, but the Huskies lost at their home building for the first time in 16 games. Katrina Theis tallied 13 points and nine rebounds.
  • Lori Fish is in her 15th season as head coach at St. Cloud State and 19th overall as collegiate coach.
  • Fish was named NSIC Coach of the Year in 2021-2022 after leading the Huskies to their first NSIC regular season title since 1983-84 and first North Division title since 2012-13.
  • The Huskies were selected to finish seventh in the Northern Sun Preseason Coaches’ Poll, fourth in the North Division.
  • Last year’s historic season ended in the NCAA Regional Semifinal against Missouri Southern.
  • SCSU has graduated five seniors and brought back eight returnees.
  • Katrina Theis and Kelsey Peschel chose to return for a fifth year after helping the Huskies to their third straight NCAA Tournament.

RONDORF EXCELLES EARLY

  • Rondorf was the All-GLIAC Second Team and All-GLIAC Defensive Team last season with 27 starts. She finished second on the team in points per game (12.3) and third in the conference in blocked shots.
  • In her first five games of 2022-23, Rondorf averaged 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds, the third highest in the GLIAC.
  • Mattison Rayman (Lake Superior State) leads the category in a double-double average with 15.8 points and 12.4 rebounds for the Lakers.

GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

  • Ferris State University senior guard Mallory McCartney had an impressive week, averaging 19 points per game, as the Bulldogs improved to 4-0 overall with two regional wins.
  • The senior guard scored 18 points with six assists and six rebounds in Wednesday’s 79-51 romp over Northwood in FSU’s home opener at Jim Wink Arena.
  • She then came back with a team-high 20 points, five assists and two boards on Saturday.

EXPLORING THE UMD BULLDOGS

  • Last year, the Bulldogs finished 24-5 and won the NSIC Tournament.
  • They have four straight 20-plus win seasons and two NSIC regular season championships in four years.
  • The NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll ranked the Bulldogs as the No. 2 team in the conference, behind Minnesota State, receiving seven votes for first place.
  • Three starters graduated in the summer: Sarah Grow, Payton Kahl and Ann Simonet. Lost is a combined 22.3 points per game.
  • Team leader scorer guard Brooke Olson is back this year as a graduate student. Six of UMD’s players are seniors/graduates. students; five are juniors, including redshirt junior transfer Abby Johnson (Division I Nebraska Omaha).
  • Recruit class includes Brooke Olson’s sister Brynn. Brynn scored over 1,000 points for Rice Lake High School. Lexi Karge comes in as a striker and a standout from Mankato East High School.

OUT OF SEASON NEWS

  • Elisa Jurmu has been promoted to assistant head coach at Michigan Tech women’s basketball team, head coach Sam Clayton announced Wednesday (Aug. 3).
  • Jurmu was an Assistant Coach each of the past four seasons.
  • In that span, the Huskies posted an overall record of 70–39 (.642), including two GLIAC North Division regular season championships, two conference tournament semifinals, and one GLIAC tournament championship (2020–21).
  • Michigan Tech’s women’s basketball team achieved the 15th highest point average in NCAA Division II in 2021-2022 and was included in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 award.
  • The Huskies improved their GPA to 3.734 and were one of two honored GLIAC schools (Wayne State – No. 18). Tech has been in the Top-25 for 14 of the past 15 years. Ten players earned GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honors and one more was a GLIAC All-Academic honor.
  • Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Famer Dawn Plitzuweit was named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at West Virginia on March 31.
  • Plitzuweit was an All-American for the Huskies, playing from 1990-95, and was an assistant coach for the Black and Gold from 1995-98.

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