Jan. 20, 2007
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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team equaled its win total from last season with an 81-70 victory over MAC East Division opponent Akron Saturday at the Convocation Center.
"Anytime we get a win in the Convo it's a very good day for the Huskies," head coach Carol Owens said. "I'm proud of Kristin [Wiener] who got her 1,000th point and Stephanie Raymond who got her 400th assist. We had some milestones today, but overall the most important thing was this win over Akron."
Last season, it took NIU the second to last game of the season to pick up its 12th win, a 73-65 victory over Miami (OH) in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. This season, the Huskies (12-5, 4-2) are off to their best start since the 1993-94. That squad had a 14-3 record through its first 17 games.
"Our improvement [since last year], starts with our leadership," Owens said. "It starts with Kristen and Stephanie. They've accepted the role and it started this summer with conditioning and carried right through. And they've been our hardest workers."
NIU jumped out to a quick 7-2 advantage and never let up. The Huskies never trailed in the contest. NIU went into halftime leading Akron (7-11, 0-6) 42-30. The Huskies led by as many as 15 points in the second half.
Kristin Wiener reached yet another milestone in the victory. After hitting two free throws with 4:05 left to play in the game, Wiener collected her 1,000th career point. She is the 23rd Huskie to reach that mark and the first since Stephanie Raymond did it Feb. 11, 2006. Wiener finished the game with 16 points and seven rebounds.
"It's a good accomplishment and it's nice to be at home and do it," Wiener said of scoring 1000 career points. "The ovation from the crowd was nice. I looked up to Jennifer Youngblood as a freshman and she had 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and as a freshman, I never thought I'd get to 1,000 points."
Raymond led all scorers with 26 points. She was 9-13 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the three-point line. She also had four steals and five assists. Whitney Lowe
and Jessie Wilcox
were the other two Huskies to finish in double figures. Wilcox finished with 12 points, while Lowe added 10.
The Huskies are currently 6-1 at home, but begin a three-game road trip Tuesday. NIU travels to Athens, Ohio to take on Ohio University. Tip off is at 6 p.m. Central Time.