Feb. 3, 2007
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team continued its dominance at home when it defeated MAC East foe Miami (OH) (11-11, 5-4), 82-70 at the Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.
"This was a great win for us," Northern Illinois University head coach Carol Owens said. "We came in with similar records and they have a good team. They are guard-oriented. Our main focus was stopping Amanda Jackson, their leading scorer. She didn't have the game she normally has, so I think we did a good job. She's a good player. She gets them going."
Jessie Wilcox had a solid day shooting for the Huskies (15-6, 6-3), scoring a career- and game-high 24 points. She was 8-13 from the field, 4-6 from beyond the arc and 4-5 from the free-throw line.
"In the first half, we were attacking and taking what they gave us," Wilcox said. "We weren't trying to force anything and we were playing together well. I started out making shots and Stephanie (Raymond) said keep taking them. She was going to get me the ball."
Kristin Wiener turned in another outstanding performance. She was the game's second leading scorer, with 21 points. She was also a rebound shy of a double-double, while Mary Basic posted her second double-double of the season. She scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Stephanie Raymond was two assists shy of a double-double. She finished the contest with 14 points, going a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line.
Jackson finished the game with nine points, while Jaclyn Leininger led the RedHawks with 17 points. The Huskies held Miami (OH) to just 32 percent shooting for the game.
"We couldn't find the basket in the first half," Miami (OH) head coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "I thought we had some opportunities. The three seniors from Northern weren't going to let us back in the game."
NIU will be back in action Wednesday, when the Huskies travel to Kent State. Tip off is 6 p.m. CST.