NMU basketball notebook: Women host Finlandia, men travel to Albion, both ink recruits

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team looks to improve to 2-0 on the season when it hosts Finlandia University in a nonconference game at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.

The Wildcats are coming off a 98-68 regular-season opening win over Madonna University on Saturday at the BEC in which five different players scored in double figures. Junior preseason All-GLIAC guard Alyssa Colla led NMU with 13 points, followed by 12 for senior Annie Rubendunst.

The NCAA Division III Lions of Hancock have yet to play a game this season and are 0-10 all-time against NMU. The Wildcats routed FU a year ago 78-21 in Marquette.

Finlandia is coming off a 12-13 season and has a new coach in Terry Klemett.

Northern still has two more nonconference games this month at home against Lewis on Nov. 24 and on the road at Concordia-St. Paul on No. 27 before opening GLIAC play at the BEC on Dec. 5 against Walsh.


Men’s hoops plays in Mike Turner Classic

Coming off a 71-49 exhibition loss on Saturday at Div. I Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Wildcats men’s basketball program will play its first regular season games under new head coach Bill Sall on Friday and Saturday at the Mike Turner Tip-Off Classic in downstate Albion.

Freshman Dorrell Foster and junior transfer Larry Taylor led NMU at UWGB with 12 points each.

Northern opens play against Mount Vernon University – an NAIA school from Ohio that is 3-1 on the year – at 6 p.m. on Friday, then will play at either 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. on Saturday against host Albion College or College of Faith from Arkansas.

Albion plays in the Div. III MIAA conference. The Britons lost 77-45 at Eastern Michigan on Nov. 8.

College of Faith competes in the American Small College Athletic Association and is 1-3 on the season.


NMU women’s hoops signs three, men add two

Both the NMU men’s and women’s basketball programs announced this week via Twitter a pair of recruits who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for basketball, which runs Nov. 13-20.

For the women’s team, assistant coach Kristen Rogers announced via her Twitter account (twitter.com/CoachKris22) on Wednesday the signing of Darby Youngstrom out of North Woods High School and Cooks, Minn., and Tess Weatherly of downstate Howell.

In addition, Rogers and NMU today announced the signing of Chloe Tompkins from Wales, Wis. and Kettle Moraine High School.

“We are very excited about our early signees. All three players are very big, athletic guards who have the ability score and make plays with the basketball,” said NMU head coach Troy Mattson. “They will add much needed depth at the guard position for the upcoming year and will be impact players in the future.”

As a junior point guard last year, Youngstrom averaged 23.4 points per game for North Woods. She’s scored over 2,000 points in high school, having played for both Cooks and North Woods.

Weatherly averages 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for Howell High School. She was a All-Kensington Lakes Athletic Association first team selection a year ago and named to the 2013 All-Livingston County team.

Tompkins is averaging 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in high school. In 2012, she honorable mention in the Lake County All-Area team and on the Waukesha Freeman’s All-Area fourth team. She was also an All-Classic 8 Conference second teamer in 2012.

The men’s program announced the signing of a pair of Illinois recruits on its official Twitter account (twitter.com/NMUMensBBALL), including Alex Sorenson of Dunlap High School and Kenny Williams of Bolingbrook High School.

“These 2 young men are great players, good students and even better people. We are on our way in the rebuilding process,” Sall tweeted from his account (twitter.com/baskejone).

Sorenson at 6-foot-8 was a first-team All-Mid-Illini Conference selection last year and had been reportedly also looking at Minnesota State in Mankato. He led Dunlap with 15.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game.

The 6-6 Williams verbally committed to NMU at the end of October and was a special mention on the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State team. He averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game last year.

In addition to men’s and women’s basketball, the university is projecting to announce signings for skiing, volleyball and hockey as well during the early signing period. Student-athletes in soccer and football are not permitted to sign NLIs at this time.