23   Mary Basic
Mary Basic

Hometown:
Lemont, IL

High School:
Chicago Heights Marian Catholic

Height:
5-10

Position:
G

Letters Won:
Two


NIU: One of four starters returning.

2005-06: Started in all 29 contests as a junior. Ranked second on the team in minutes (31.7 per game), rebounds (133), assists (50), steals (24) and three-points field goal percentage (.327). Reached double figures eight times and finished as NIU's third-leading scorer (7.7 ppg) with a career-high 222 points. Scored in double figures in eight games, including four times in five games between Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Led NIU in free throw percentage, hitting 82.5 percent (47-of-57) of her free throws. Recorded her first collegiate double-double versus Buffalo (1-31-06) with 18 points and a career high 12 rebounds to lead NIU in both categories. Against Miami (2-4-06) hit winning shot at the buzzer in a 51-49 Huskie win. Led NIU in scoring in three games with 15 points at Western Michigan (1-18-06) and 15 at Bowling Green (2-8-06) in addition to the Buffalo game. Northern's top rebounder versus Ball State (1-21-06), Buffalo and Central Michigan (2-18-06). Played all 40 minutes against Miami (3-4-06) in the MAC Tournament, and scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Captured a season-high four steals versus Central Michigan (1-11-06).

2004-05: Missed four games due to injuries, but started and made point contributions in all 24 contests played. Finished as team's No. 4 scorer (7.6 per game) and rebounder (4.7 avg.). Also ranked fourth on squad in assists (49), second in three-pointers made (21), third in steals (42), and third in minutes (35.2 average). Hit 6-of-10 field goals plus 2-of-3 free throws for 14 points in season opener vs Missouri in Iowa's KCRG-TV / Hawkeye Challenge. Registered five more double-figure performances including season-best 15 in last appearance at Ohio (2-19-05) while sinking career-high seven field goals (in 13 attempts) from the floor. Chalked up a trio of three-pointers in 11-point showing at Western Illinois (12-12-04), nine-point outing vs. Notre Dame (12-30-04), and 13-point performance inMAC-opening victory at Eastern Michigan (1-8-05). The latter was one of two contests in which she topped Huskie scorers -- other game was 11-point night at Bowling Green (2-2-05). Notched season-highs for rebounds (eight) and assists (five) against league opposition in Miami-Ohio (2-12-05) and Ball State (2-5-05), respectively. Led Northern Illinois in rebounding twice -- at Ball State (1-19-05) and vs. Eastern Michigan (1-26-05), and was board co-leader at Bowling Green (2-2-05) and at Kent State (2-9-05). Earned Huskie Scholar (3.00-3.49 gpa) status within NIU's Academic Excellence program.

2003-04: Came off the bench in all 28 games as a freshman while averaging 13.4 minutes per appearance. Tallied a frosh-best seven points in 19 minutes to help the Huskies defeat Saint Louis (12-18-03) and added six points in a victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee (12-6-03). The latter game also included career-best two blocks plus two steals during 17-minute stint. Notched season-high totals of four assists and three steals in collegiate debut against Loyola-Chicago (11-21-03). Posted a season-high five rebounds in 16-minute showing at Wisconsin (11-23-03). Hit 5-of-6 free throws during 18-minute effort against Central Michigan (2-28-04). Logged season-high 23 minutes at Bradley (12-21-03).

Prep: Fourth-Team All-State honoree by Illinois Basketball Coaches Association after helping Marian Catholic reach Illinois High School Association's Elite Eight as a senior in 2002-03. Averaged 10.5 points-per-game for the Spartans' 29-4 squad, which lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Naperville Central. Topped the squad with 110 assists (3.3 per game average) and hit 84 percent from the charity stripe as a senior for MCHS coach Shannon Reidy. Senior season accolades included first team All-Area distinction from Daily Southtown, Illinois Times and Star newspapers, plus honorable mention from Chicago Sun-Times after earning her second consecutive first team All-East Suburban Catholic Conference plaque. As a junior, garnered honorable mention All-State acclaim from the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette, plus the IBCA, after helping the Spartans to the school's first Elite Eight appearance and a second-place finish in the 2002 IHSA Championships. Statistically, averaged 10.3 ppg. after hitting 43 percent (111-of-257) from the field, 80 percent (79-of-99) from the foul line, 126 assists (3.7 per outing) and 93 steals. The All-ESCC pick tallied an 11-point/ 10-rebound double-double along with five steals in 59-55 state semifinal win over Naperville Central. Marian Catholic shared the ESCC title and ended the season ranked second in the state by both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times while USA Today tabbed the Spartans 18th in the nation. Junior year accolades ranged from third team All-Area from the Chicago Sun-Times, first team All-Area notice from the Illinois Times and second team All-Area honors from the Daily Southtown. Tranferred to Marian Catholic after two years (1999-2001) at Providence Catholic in New Lenox, Ill. Was named varsity unit's MVP during sophomore season which included second team All-ESCC honors. Honor roll student at Providence and also at Marian Catholic.

Personal: One of three collegiate athletes for Phillip and Jan Basic. Older sister Anna Marie played basketball at St. Xavier with younger brother Phillip Jr. walking on at Southern Illinois. Uncle Kevin was an NIU football walk-on. Began playing club basketball in 1996 with Hoopla squad and then spent next four seasons with Illinois Warriors before finishing AAU career with Illinois Wildcats. Major: Marketing. Birthdate: May 6, 1985.