Jan. 9, 2007
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team (9-4, 1-1) is back on the road Wednesday when it takes on conference foe Toledo (4-10, 0-2). Tip off is set for 6 p.m. Central time.
"I think it will be good to get back on the road and show how we can really play," head coach Carol Owens said. "We've had some tough games on the road. We've just got to get back to playing hard and knowing that every game is a tough game."
The Huskies come into Wednesday's action after defeating Central Michigan, 73-67 in the Huskies' conference home opener. Kristin Wiener led the way for the Huskies, grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds and tying her season-high in scoring with 21 points. Wiener is averaging 13.8 points a game. She leads the team in blocks with 14.
Stephanie Raymond turned in a solid effort, scoring 19 points and grabbing five rebounds. Whitney Lowe and Jessie Wilcox each finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Raymond leads the way for the Huskies, averaging 20.8 points and 6.2. She has earned MAC Player of the Week honors twice this season. She has scored 30 points in a game twice this season. She posted 30 in the Huskies' wins over Bradley and Kansas. Lowe is the Huskies' third leading scorer averaging 12 points a game, while Wilcox is averaging 8.6 points.
Toledo owns a 64-63 edge in the all-time series between the two teams. The Huskies are riding a modest two-game winning streak, sweeping the Rockets during the 2005-06 season. In the last meeting between the two teams, Whitney Lowe led all scorers with 15 points en route to a 59-52 Huskie victory. The Huskies won the first meeting of the season, 71-60 at the Convocation Center. Raymond scored a game-high 27 points. The last Rockets' victory came March 5, 2005.
NIU is 4-3 on the road this year. The Huskies dropped their last game on the road to Eastern Michigan, 80-66. NIU has defeated Bradley, Cincinnati, Northwestern and Kansas. NIU fell to DePaul, 71-68 in the Huskies' first venture outside the Convocation Center, lost to UIC, 80-62, before Christmas and dropped their conference opener at Eastern Michigan. The Rockets enter Wednesday's match up having lost to Eastern Michigan, 58-53.