Jan. 30, 2007
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team picked up its seventh road win with a 77-55 victory over IPFW (9-10) at Hilliard Gates Sports Center Tuesday evening.
"Our defense was very good from the start," head coach Carol Owens said. "Playing on the road is tough. I feel like we've been on the road a lot. It's good to win like this."
After struggling offensively against Buffalo Saturday, Stephanie Raymond and Kristin Wiener came out shooting. Raymond beat her point total from last week in the first half, scoring nine points. Wiener nearly doubled her scoring output from last week, scoring 13 points in the opening half.
Wiener recorded her fifth double-double leading all scorers with a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds. Stephanie Raymond finished with 13 points and eight assists.
"Kristin played real well," Owens said. "She showed her leadership by example. Stephanie played great. A lot of team's have been concentrating on her trying to double team her on ball screens. I just excited how everyone got to play."
Becky Smith started her second-straight game of the season, making the most of her opportunity. She finished with a career-high eight points and eight rebounds.
NIU wrapped up its three-game road trip with a 2-1 record. The Huskies (14-6, 5-3) shot 49 percent from the field while holding IPFW to just 32 percent shooting from the field. IPFW had two players finish in double figures. Ashley Johnson led the Mastodons with 12 points, while Samantha Edwards finished with 10.
NIU is back in action Saturday afternoon when it plays host to MAC East opponent Miami (OH) at the Convocation Center. Tip-off is 2 p.m. CST.