Highlights from the Huskies 60-49 victory over Miami (Ohio). Freshmen Kelly Smith and Renee Sladek each recorded double-doubles as NIU limited the RedHawks to less than 50 points, the fifth different opponent to score in the 40s.
The Huskies outscored the Rockets 28-12 in the final 11 minutes of the game earn its first win over Toledo since 2011.
Academic All-MAC selection … Ended career with 115 appearances and 97 starts, averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game … Was .357 from the field during her career.
2014-15: • Appeared in all 29 games, making 28 starts between guard and forward • Averaged 6.1 points and 4.2 rebounds during the season, scoring in double-figures seven times • Scored 13 points in the season-opener against Illinois State, pulling down six boards and adding three steals (Nov. 14) • Led the Huskies in scoring at Northern Iowa, shooting 6-for-9 from the field to finish with 13 points (Dec. 21) • Pulled down a season-high eight rebounds while adding seven points in NIU’s 62-56 win over Akron (Feb. 7) • Accrued four offensive boards for a total of eight with 11 points versus Kent State (Jan. 17) • Played 35 or more minutes seven times, playing a season-high 37 versus Illinois State (Nov. 14), Missouri (Dec. 14), Bowling Green (Jan. 28), Western Michigan (Feb. 11), Kent State (Feb. 14) and Toledo (March 4). • Made lone appearance off the bench versus South Dakota State, scoring six points while adding four rebounds in 27 minutes of play (Nov. 29) • Helped the Huskies to the second-best turnovers per game rate in the NCAA (10.6/G)
2013-14: • Appeared in 27 games making 20 starts • Averaged 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game • Missed the the first three games of the season after suffering injury in preseason scrimmage • Made season debut versus Bradley, scoring 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 19 minutes (Nov. 21) • Scored in double figures six times • Pulled down 10-or-more rebounds three times, capped by a career-high 13 versus EMU (Jan. 12) • Recorded first career double-double versus Buffalo (Jan. 23), scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds • Career-best season in rebounds per game, 5.4, including 1.9 offensive boards per game • Scored a season-high 14 points versus Ball State, converting 5-of-6 field goals (March 5) • Tied her career-high in field goals versus Central Michigan, shooting 6-for-11 with 12 points (Feb. 22) • Fell one rebound shy of second double-double against the Chippewas (Feb. 22) • Was a season-best 4-for-4 at the free throw line versus Kent State (Jan. 29) • Recorded two blocks at Miami (Ohio) helping the Huskies to a 69-66 victory (Jan. 18) • Tied her career-high for steals in a game with three versus UIC (Dec. 31) and Kent State (Jan. 29)
2012-2013: • Started all 28 contests she played in, averaging 29.8 minutes per contest • Second on the team in rebounds (4.8) and third in points per game (6.3), both career highs • Hauled in a season-high eight rebounds five times during the season • Scored in double digits five times including a season-high 16 points at Miami (Ohio) (Feb. 3) • Tallied 53 assists during the season, second-most on the team • Played a career high 38 minutes, hauling in eight boards, and hitting a career-high four three pointers against the Redhawks • Tied her career-high in assists, five, on four occasions • Logged a season-high eight rebounds in five separate contests against Loyola (Nov. 30), Xavier (Dec. 28), Miami (Ohio) (Feb. 3), and at Ohio (Feb. 6) • Tallied four of her five double digit scoring performance during Mid-American Conference play
2011-12: • Made NIU debut against Loyola (Nov. 13), scoring five points, five rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes as a starter • Against Western Illinois (Nov. 16), led the team in scoring and rebounds with a season-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line along with a season-high nine rebounds • Averaged 21.7 minutes in 30 appearances and 20 starts • Pulled down multiple rebounds in all but seven games and has 10 games with five or more boards • Handed out a season-best four assists against Western Michigan (March 3) as she logged a season-high 35 minutes • Scored in 24 of 30 games and shot over 40 percent nine times
2010-11: • Tore her anterior cruciate ligament in late July, 2010, which forced her to miss the entire season due to a medical redshirt
HINCKLEY-BIG ROCK HIGH SCHOOL: • Most Valuable Player of back-to-back 1A state champion Hinckley-Big Rock • Placed eighth in voting for Illinois Ms. Basketball • DeKalb Daily Chronicle Girls Athlete of the Year as a senior • Three-time Chronicle Girls Basketball Player of the Year • Four-time unanimous all-conference selection • Three-time IBCA first-team all-state honoree • Three-time team captain and MVP • Averaged double-figure scoring in each of four seasons • As a senior, averaged 15.0 points, 8.3 rebound, 3.4 steals and 2.3 steals per game • For her career, averaged 12.4 points per game • Holds H-BR's record for points in a career
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: • Daughter of Judy and Bruce Thorp • Born September 20, 1991 in Aurora, Ill. • Honor roll member placed on HBR Academic Team as a junior and senior • Member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Student Council, Leadership Retreat and IDAA Youth Board • Volunteer for Special Olympics, American Auxiliary • Enjoys outdoor activities • Majoring in Physical Therapy
THORP'S CAREER HIGHS Minutes: 39, at Eastern Michigan (3/10/14) Field Goals Made: 6, three times, last; at UNI (12/21/14) Field Goals Attempted: 12, vs Miami (Ohio) (2/3/13) Three Pointers Made: 4, vs Miami (Ohio) (2/3/13) Three Pointers Attempted: 6, vs Miami (Ohio) (2/3/13) Free Throws Made: 7, at Kent State (2/10/13) Free Throws Attempted: 8, at Kent State (2/10/13) Rebounds: 13, vs Eastern Michigan (1/12/14) Assists: 5, five times, last; at Eastern Michigan (3/3/13) Blocks: 2, three times, last; at Miami (1/18/14) Steals: 3, six times, last; vs Kent State (1/17/15) Points: 18, vs Western Michigan (11/16/11)