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MSUN Men, Women Ready for Conference

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The MSU-Northern men began the season with their eyes set on going to nationals. Their conference opener will be against a team that got to taste the national stage last year. The Lights will visit Rocky Mountain before traveling to Dillon to take on Montana- Western. Both the Lights and Bears have one loss on the season but Northern still feels ready for their two-game road trip despite their 7--game winning streak getting snapped last week.

"I feel that our last game, we didn't play as good as we could," says Lights Junior Forward David Straughter. "So honestly I don't feel too bad about the loss. Especially that we lost to a D-II school. We battled with them the whole game so I'm pretty confident still even with the loss."

"It's going to be two good games. We go in with confidence," says Lights Senior Guard Warren Edmondson about their games against Rocky and Western. "We got great coaches so we're going to listen to the game plan that they put out for us and come out with some [wins]."

The Skylights are one of eight teams in the entire NAIA that are still undefeated. As always they've been getting it done with defense. Northern has been allowing 51 points a game which ranks 3rd in the nation. On offense the Skylights rank 2nd in the country in 3-point field goal percentage. They're a completely different team from last year but they do feel ready to visit an improved and reloaded Rocky Mountain and Montana Western squads.

"We're just really deep in the guard position," says  Sophomore guard Jacy Thompson. "So if they lock up on a couple players, open shots for other people on our team. We just work really well together. Move the ball well."

"They're both great teams. So different from last year," says Junior Natalee Faupel. "We've heard around how they're doing. They're both doing great so they're going to be some battles and they're on the road which is always a little tougher."  

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