NIU Women's Basketball Team Tips Off MAC Play at Eastern Michigan

GO HUSKIES Jessie Wilcox scored 16 points in the Huskies last meeting with Eastern Michigan
GO HUSKIES
Jessie Wilcox scored 16 points in the Huskies last meeting with Eastern Michigan
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 8, 2008

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team concludes its three-game road swing when it travels to Ypsilanti, Mich. for its Mid-American Conference opener with Eastern Michigan. The Huskies' game with Eastern Michigan wraps up a three-game, three-state road trip that began in Indianapolis.

The Huskies just wrapped up a tough non-conference slate with a 4-9 mark. During those first 13 games, the Huskies were on the road for nine of them and faced two ranked opponents, falling to both Michigan State and DePaul. NIU head coach Carol Owens feels the challenging schedule has prepared the Huskies for a difficult conference

"These were games needed to get better," Owens said. "I think our team handled it well, though adversity and injuries. Would we want a better record? Yes. We've gotten so much better."

NIU will look to improve on its 8-8 conference record of 2008 when the Huskies take on EMU. Eastern Michigan holds a 19-8 advantage in the all-time series. The Huskies snapped a four-game losing streak the last time these two teams met (Feb. 14, 2007), posting an 82-68 victory in front of the home crowd. Stephanie Raymond led the way for Huskies with a game-high 22 points, while Kristin Wiener and Jessie Wilcox each added 16.

The last Eagles' victory came last season when Eastern Michigan came away with an 80-66 win behind Sarah VanMetre's 29 points. The Huskies are 3-9 all-time at Eastern Michigan. This is the third-straight year the Huskies will open up conference play in Ypsilanti and the fourth-straight they will open up conference play against the Eagles.

Wednesday's game tips off at 6 p.m. CST. Fans can follow all the action live with Bill Baker on 1360-AM WLBK.