Raymond Rewarded as Mid-American Conference West Division Player
of the Week
Cleveland, OH --- Stephanie
Raymonds* play not only earned her a spot on the Florida International
University Fun & Sun Classic all-tournament squad, it also caught
the attention of the Mid-American Conference front office.
On Monday (Jan.
2), Raymond was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week by
league commission Rick Chryst based on her two-game peformance in
which she averaged 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0
steals. The 5-5 junior guard began her attention-getting week by
equalling her career high of 24 points for the fourth time in three
seasons against tourney host Florida International. She then followed
that with a game-high 21 in leading Northern Illinois to a consolation
game victory over Coppin State University.
totally deserving of the honor. She certainly had two great games
in order to earn all-tournament, but I also believe she*s one of
the best in the league,* first-year coach Carol Owens insisted.
*She certainly works very hard at both ends of the court and I don*t
believe it*s just because of her scoring, but also because she*s
a solid defender plus a great leader on and off the court.*
International, Raymond hit 9-of-18 (.500) from the field plus 6-of-7
(.857) from the foul line while also snaring five rebounds, dishing
off a game-high five assists and sharing game-high honors for steals
with four. She came back the next day to hit 6-of-15 (.400) from
the floor plus 7-of-8 (.875) fom the charity stripe to go along
with six boards, five assists plus two more steals. Against Coppin
State, her 21 included a pair of three-pointers which moved her
into fifth place on the NIU career trey list. She left current assistant
E.C. Hill in sixth place (92 / 1991-94).
Raymond is the
only Huskie to post twin-digit scoring in all 10 contests this season
and has now strung together 17 straight two-figure performances.
The junior is also on track to become the 22nd player in NIU women*s
hoop history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, leads the current
roster in career points (837) as well as assists (222) and steals
(172 * tied for 16th in career thefts). She has also logged an average
of 32.9 minutes per game for her 65-game career.
opened with back-to-back home games, the Huskies have played seven
of their last eight contests on the road and return to NIU*s Convocation
Center to start the New Year with a final non-conference game against
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) on Wednesday
(Jan. 4). The Huskies follow that 7:05 p.m. home date by opening
the Mid-American Conference season with two more road games.
information, please contact Steve Nemeth) NIU