HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. -- The Purdue Northwest women's basketball team returns to action as the Pride travel for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games against the No. 15 team in the country Grand Valley State and Davenport this weekend.
The Pride (2-17, 0-13 GLIAC) takes on the Lakers (19-2, 12-1 GLIAC) at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena Thursday starting at 5 p.m. CT.
PNW will then take on the Panthers (5-15, 3-10 GLIAC) *RECORD BEFORE THURSDAY, FEB. 7* at the Davenport Student Center Saturday starting at noon.
LAST TIME OUT
The Purdue University Northwest women’s basketball team let an early lead slip away against the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Leader Northern Michigan, 44-40, Saturday.
The Wildcats (15-6, 10-3 GLIAC) defeated the Pride (2-17, 0-13 GLIAC) inside H.D. Kesling Gymnasium at the James B. Dworkin Student Activities Complex.
Junior Bayley Goodman (Fowler, Ind./Benton Central) led the Pride with nine points off the bench and grabbing five rebounds. Sophomore Tayler Vauters (Rockville, Ind./Riverton Parke) scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds.
PNW played stellar defense holding NMU without a field goal in the first five minutes which allowed the Pride to jump out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter. The Pride then went ahead 18-6 after a layup by Danielle Nennig (Wrightstown, Wis./Wrightstown).
The Wildcats bounced back in the second quarter, starting the period on a 15-0 run to go ahead 21-18. Vauters put PNW back ahead 23-22 with 2:43 left in the second period. Both teams went into the halftime break tied at 25.
Goodman made a three-pointer to cut it to 32-30 in favor of Northern Michigan with 5:33 left in the third quarter. The Wildcats outscored the Pride 5-0 the rest of the quarter to go ahead 37-30 going into the final period.
After NMU scored the opening basket in the fourth quarter, PNW responded and scored the next seven points to cut it to 39-37 after a trifecta by freshman Kelli Damman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) with 4:14 left in the game. Later in the game, Damman hit another three-pointer to make it 42-40 NMU with eight seconds left but the Wildcats hit a pair of free throws to ice the game to pick up the victory 44-40.
SCOUTING THE LAKERS
Grand Valley State is coming off a huge 73-71 victory against the No. 3 team in the country and GLIAC South leader Ashland. The Lakers are led by Cassidy Boensch, who is averaging 19.6 points per game and 12.1 rebounds a contest.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
DU will be coming off a game against Parkside on Feb. 7. The Panthers are led by Jenna Falkenberg, who is averaging 14.1 points per game and 8.7 rebounds a game. *STATS BEFORE THURSDAY, FEB. 7*
SERIES HISTORY VS GVSU
GVSU leads the all-time series, 3-0, with the Lakers winning earlier this season. Junior Shae Rhonehouse (Fremont, Ind./Fremont) led the way with 17 points. Freshman Kelli Damman scored 11 points off the bench and made three trifectas.
SERIES HISTORY VS DU
DU leads the all-time series, 5-2, but the Panthers defeated the Pride earlier this season on Nov. 29. Freshman Molly DeValkenaere recorded a double-double, who scored 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
LIVE LOOK THURSDAY
Fans can watch Thursday's game on ESPN 3 at http://www.espn.com/watch/
Fans can follow live stats at https://gvsulakers.com/sidearmstats/wbball/summary
LIVE LOOK SATURDAY
You can watch Saturday's game at https://dupanthers.com/showcase
Fans can follow live stats at http://www.sidearmstats.com/davenport/wbball