York Ties NIU Three-Point Record as Huskies Fall to No. 24 Nebraska
Dec. 13, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. - Senior Kylie York hit two three-pointers to tie the Northern Illinois women's basketball record for threes made in a career, as the Huskies fell 69-44 to No. 24 Nebraska, Sunday afternoon at the Devaney Center.
York (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) has totaled 221 treys over her four-year Huskie career, tying Denise Dove for the most in NIU history. York has made 20 threes this year, to go with 48 as a freshman, 77 in her sophomore year, and 76 last season. Her sophomore and junior performances stand as the second and third best-single-season totals for NIU.
"It's a great accomplishment for Kylie, and she still has a lot more in front of her," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "It's especially impressive considering how long Denise had that record.'
Junior Marke Freeman (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier), who co-led the Huskies with 11 points, also tapped into the record books. She totaled a career-high eight steals, tied for the fifth-most in one game by a Huskie.
"Marke's quickness was a huge benefit for us on both ends of the floor," Owens said. "She was a floor general out there for us today."
The Cornhuskers improved to a school record 10-0 to remain one of 13 undefeated teams in the nation. They jumped out to an 11-2 lead over the first five minutes thanks to six points by Dominique Kelley. A pair of free throws from Kelley with 11:35 left in the first half gave Nebraska a double-digit lead, 15-4, which it would not relinquish.
The Huskie defense held one of the nation's top offenses to 69 points, their second-lowest total of the season. But shooting struggles gnawed at the Huskies, as they hit 25 percent (17-of-68) of their field goal attempts, and went 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) on three-pointers.
In addition to Freeman's 11 points and eight steals, she contributed three assists and two rebounds. Junior Ebony Ellis (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) also totaled 11 to go with six rebounds, five on the offensive glass. Junior Mauvolyene Adams (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) led NIU with 10 rebounds, and added four points.
Nebraska's leading scorer was Kelley with 13, followed closely by Cory Montgomery, a 6-3 senior forward, who scored 13. Yvonne Turner added 10 for the Cornhuskers, and NIU held All-American candidate Kelsey Griffin to just nine points, half of her season average.
The Huskies return to action Dec. 17 with a trip to Loyola (Ill.). The game can be heard through Huskie All-Access at www.niuhuskies.com and on WLBK (1360-AM DeKalb), the flagship station of the Northern Illinois-ISP Sports Network.
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