MARQUETTE - The women's basketball team at Northern Michigan University faces an early tough test before settling into a schedule that includes a dozen home games this season.
Under 10th-year coach Troy Mattson, the Wildcats are coming off last season's GLIAC Tournament championship and appearance in the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament.
"We have an exciting and very demanding schedule for 2014-15," Mattson said. "It includes an exhibition game versus Butler University and 26 Division II games."
Butler is an NCAA Division I school in Indianapolis now coached by former L'Anse High School and NMU player and graduate Kurt Godlevske. Northern plays the Bulldogs on Sunday, Nov. 2.
The Wildcats open their regular season about two weeks later at the Moorhead State (Minnesota) Tournament against Minnesota-Crookston on Friday, Nov. 14, and host Moorhead the next day.
NMU's first home game is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, against Concordia-St. Paul at the Berry Events Center.
The GLIAC schedule begins in Ohio during early December at Walsh on Dec. 4 and Malone on Dec. 6.
A home weekend against Findlay at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, and Wayne State at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, is followed by a nonconference road game at Lewis University on Thursday, Dec. 18, to complete the preholiday slate.
NMU returns to action right after the new year, going to Ohio to play at Tiffin on Jan. 2 and Ohio Dominican on Jan. 4.
A four-game homestand follows with Ashland on Jan. 8, Lake Erie on Jan. 10, Grand Valley State on Jan. 15 and Ferris State on Jan. 17. The Wildcats then alternate home-and-away weekends with a pair of games vs. archrival Michigan Tech thrown in.
NMU plays at Saginaw Valley State on Jan. 22 and at Hillsdale on Jan. 24, then returns home to play Lake Superior State on Jan. 29 and Northwood on Jan. 31.
In February, Northern goes to MTU on Feb. 2, Grand Valley on Feb. 5 and Ferris on Feb. 7; comes home to play SVSU on Feb. 12 and Hillsdale on Feb. 14; hits the road again to play at LSSU on Feb. 19 and Northwood on Feb. 21; and completes its season at home against Tech on Feb. 26.
Season tickets are now on sale for $78 per seat for 13 dates that includes the entire men's and women's schedules. Single-game tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth ages 18 and under and seniors 60 and over.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Superior Dome Ticket Office at 227-1032.