NMU women’s basketball: Wildcats confirmed as No. 2 seed in GLIAC playoffs

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University has been confirmed to be the No. 2 seed in the league postseason tournament that starts Wednesday, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced on Friday.

A tiebreaker had to be used to separate the Wildcats, Michigan Tech and Ashland, all of which ended with conference records of 16-6.

Wayne State won the North Division and the league’s overall No. 1 seed with a 17-5 record.

It wasn’t clear exactly what the formula for awarding points was, but GLIAC officials indicated NMU had 87 points, MTU 86 and Ashland 83.

Northern, 19-7 overall, will play its first-round game at home against the tourney’s No. 7 seed at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

That team won’t be determined until today as one of the teams involved, Saginaw Valley State, has a makeup game to be played today against Ferris State.

What the league does know is the No. 7 seed will have a 12-10 GLIAC record, the mark that Grand Valley State and Northwood finished with. SVSU will also move to 12-10 with a win today.

Probably the more important part of the No. 2 seeding is that if Wayne State loses Wednesday, the Wildcats would earn the right to host the tournament semifinals and finals next weekend.

That’s because the highest remaining seed after Wednesday’s is the final four host.