Feb. 14, 2007
Northern Illinois , Eastern Michigan 
February 14, 2007 -- DeKalb, Ill. - Convocation Center
NIU Head Coach Carol Owens
"This was a huge win for us. I credit our upperclassmen for pulling us through this game and also Jessie Wilcox stepped up and hit some big shots. In the second half, we played good defense, mostly man-to-man, especially after the way they were shooting. The game was won on the boards. We outrebounded them and hit 25-of-28 free throws.
"[Opening up the lead] was key. Eastern got a little tight. Kristin Wiener came up with a couple of huge rebounds at the end that enabled us to take time off the clock.
"Going in, we thought that the way they got to the basket up there (in the game at Eastern Michigan) with [Patrice] McKinney posting up our guards, that we wanted to play some zone, but we had to adjust when they started hitting."
NIU G Jessie Wilcox
"That [basket] was key (to put NIU up 8 at the 4:51 mark). We were attacking in transition and I think a lot of our baskets during that stretch came in transition. It gave us a good lead and then they had to rush their shots and it kind of took them out of their offense."
NIU G Stephanie Raymond
"We got into the bonus with 15 minutes in the half from us attacking and we wanted to continue to do that. We were taking care of the basketball, only 12 turnovers tonight, which was down from what we had the last couple games. It was a matter of finding the open player and not trying to force the ball. We really hit our free throws."
EMU Acting Head Coach Shane Clipfell
"She (Canea Williams) was pretty good today. We've been trying to bring her along. She's had two knee injuries and this is only the second year she's played out of four. Obviously she's a good player, she's changed positions from point guard to a two and it's taken her a while to get going. We had Pittman step up and kind of take that position so now we have to figure out how to play both of them.
"We had to defensive rebound. Credit them (NIU) with a good job of crashing the board. If we would have had a couple of those rebounds late we would have been in better shape.
"We shoot a lot of threes, we always have. They have the green light until they take some that we don't like.
"I look for the positives in every game. The positive I see in this is that if the tournament falls right, we don't have to try to defend Stephanie Raymond again. She's a terrific player and I have enjoyed watching her. She's the toughest player in the league to defend. She's a nightmare. At our place we defended her without fouling her somehow. That certainly wasn't the case tonight.
"I said at our place that she's the player of the league in this league this year. I don't care how many games Bowling Green wins."