The NIU women's basketball team took part in the #Layup4Lauren Challenge Wednesday morning, honoring Lauren Hill of Mount Saint Joseph's fight for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). For more information, visit LayupForLauren.com
Highlights from the Huskies-Rockets overtime bout February 27, 2014, in which NIU defeated Toledo, 68-59. Northern Illinois outscored Toledo in the final 11 minutes of the game -- including overtime -- 28-12.
Photos from the Huskies first home MAC loss against the Bulls.
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, twice, last; vs Central Michigan (2/22/14) 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, four times, last; vs Central Michigan (3/3/13) Blocks: 2, three times, last; at Miami (1/18/14) Steals: 3, three times, last; vs Kent State (1/29/14) Points: 18, vs Western Michigan (11/16/11)