Huskies' Raymond Rewarded as Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week

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January 2, 2006

Huskies' Raymond Rewarded as Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week

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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.

*Stephanie*s 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.*

Against Florida 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.

After having 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.

(For further information, please contact Steve Nemeth) —NIU—