Jan. 11, 2014
Game 13 - vs Eastern Michigan (DeKalb, Ill.)
Saturday, January 12 (1 p.m.)
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
Radio: WLBK 98.9 FM, 1360 AM (12:45 p.m. pregame); NIUTube
Play-by-Play: Andy Garcia; Ethel Gregory
BACK HOME FACING THE WEST
After hitting the road for a single MAC West showdown at Toledo, Northern Illinois returns home to the Convocation Center once more to take on Eastern Michigan Sunday January 12. Tipoff will begin at 1 p.m.
FOLLOW THE HUSKIES ALL SEASON LONG
Northern Illinois women’s basketball can be followed in a myriad of ways throughout the season. Audio of all of NIU’s games will be available for fans to listen to live and on on-demand (subscription required). Play-by-play man Andy Garcia, now in his third year, will be on the call for all of NIU’s games this season and is joined by former Huskie assistant coach Ethel Gregory during home games. Fans can also follow the team on Facebook and Twitter. Like “NIU Huskies” on Facebook and follow @GoHuskiesWBB and @NIUathletics on Twitter. Gameday updates and scores from all women’s basketball games can be followed on Twitter @NIUscores.
FREE PARKING FOR ALL HOME BASKETBALL GAMES
The NIU Convocation Center will offer free parking for all basketball home games this season. Fans are asked to park in the C-2 and C-3 parking lots. For more details on other changes to gameday and to view a detailed parking map of the area, visit NIUHuskies.com.
THE HUSKIES AND THE EAGLES
NIU trails the all-time series with EMU, 30-9. The series has predominantly been played in the regular season, having met only once in the Mid-American Conference Tournament (2000). The Eagles have taken the last nine games in the series with NIU last winning January 17, 2009 at the NIU Convocation Center, 69-62. The Huskies fell by only five points in last year’s first meeting in Ypsilanti as Satavia Taylor scored 23 points.
LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies went to Toledo, hoping to improve to 2-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2001. After taking an early 6-5 lead, Toledo went on a 14-0 run and controlled the half with its 17-of-30 shooting (.567). Northern Illinois ended the period with momentum as it stopped the Rockets on five-straight possessions to end the half, trailing 40-26.
NIU started with that same momentum, getting another three stops to start the half. As the two teams traded baskets for most of the half, with the Huskies trailing by 17 points, a sea change occurred in the final 9:21 of the game as Alexis Lindstrom hit a three 20 seconds later to spark a 22-10 run for Northern Illinois.
Natecia Augusta, Amanda Corral, Ally Lehman and Danny Pulliam led the charge for NIU as the quartet combined for 56 points. Corral led all scorers with 20 points. With 38.1 second left, Toledo wound down the clock with a two point lead, trying to put the game out of reach with only seconds left. The Rockets failed to convert a layup and the Huskies pushed down the floor to force overtime. Pulliam took the ball on the drive and put a layup off the glass, that rolled off the rim at the buzzer and left the Huskies two points shy, 73-71
Pulliam scored 13 points and dished seven assists with zero turnovers in the game. Augusta also scored 13 points and Lehman rounded out with 10 points.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Through 13 games this season, Eastern Michigan is 11-2 overall and 1-1 in the MAC. The Eagles have three wins over non-Division I opponents this season and have won in spurts with streaks of six and five wins. After winning its MAC opener at Kent State, 88-70, EMU lost at Ball State last Thursday, 70-66. Eastern Michigan is averaging 84.9 points per game this season, the top-mark in the conference this season.
On November 30, the Eagles scored a season-high 120 points versus Marygrove, defeating the Mustangs, 120-35. It was the second of three occasions Eastern Michigan surpassed the century mark. EMU last did so December 15 at Detroit as they defeated the Titans, 104-96.
Janay Morton leads the Eagles in scoring with 13.9 points per game this season, but only narrowly, as Cha Sweeney is averaging 13.8 points. Olivia Fourty is nearly posting a double double a game as she is averaging clips of 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Desyree Thomas has been solid from the point as she’s scoring at a rate of 12.9 per game and dishing 5.1 assists per outing.
LEHMAN DOING HER THING
Freshman Ally Lehman has been in a spectacular run of form the last three games, each of which has led to a double-digit scoring effort. In the last three games, Lehman is shooting a team-high .714 from the field and averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Versus UIC, Lehman was 5-for-7 from the field and scored 10 points. She followed up against Ohio in the conference opener and one upped her performance against the Flames, scoring a career-high 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on the defensive glass for her first career double-double. She added 10 points against Toledo January 9.
ARE YOU IN GOOD HANDS?
With the return of Danny Pulliam this season, the Northern Illinois point guard position is well taken care of. Through 12 games, Pulliam leads the Huskies with 43 assists, an average of 3.6 per game, with only 17 turnovers, an average of 1.4. At Toledo on Thursday, the redshirt junior had a season-high seven assists with zero turnovers and 13 points. As a freshman versus Western Michigan in 2011, Pulliam had a career-high eight assists but had three turnovers and was 0-for-8 from the field.
SHARING IS CARING
In its last three games, Northern Illinois has been spreading the wealth offensively, averaging 15.7 assists per game. Against UIC, the Huskies dished out a season-high 18 assists on 23 field goals. In the MAC opener versus Ohio, NIU dished 15 assists on 26 field goals, aiding in the Huskies 74-51 victory. Last time out, the Huskies distributed 14 on 28 baskets, marking the third time NIU has recorded assists on at least 50 percent of its baskets.
CORRAL ROLLING ON 20’S
After her 20 point performance at Toledo January 9, Amanda Corral surpassed the 20 point mark for the fourth-time in her NIU career. It was the second-time this season she accomplished the feat, after scoring a career-high 26 points versus Lamar on November 30 at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic at New Mexico State.
SECOND HALF SHOOTING AND SECOND HALF DEFENSE
In the last three games Northern Illinois has executed offensively and defensively. In that time frame, NIU has shot 42-of-78 (.538) from the field and limited its opponents, UIC, Ohio and Toledo, to 19-of-70 (.271) from the field.
WHERE THEY RANK
Both Amanda Corral and Danny Pulliam are ranked in the top-250 in the NCAA in their own statistical categories. Corral is 167th in the country in field goal percentage, an impressive feat for a guard, with a clip of .446. Pulliam is 27th in assist/turnover ratio at 2.53 and 228th in assists per game at 3.6 per game. For a complete ranking of the Huskies statistically in the MAC and the NCAA, turn to page nine of the notes.
KNOCKING THEM DOWN
In their last three games, the Huskies have hit 104-of-219 shots taken, for a field goal percentage of .475 in that time. NIU’s lowest clip was a .426 performance against Illinois-Chicago on New Year’s Eve. However, the Huskies are 1-3 in their last four games.
Playing an inspiring brand of basketball, Danny Pulliam has been one of the Huskies top-scorers in the last four games, averaging 13.3 points per contest, just behind Amanda Corral’s 14.0. Pulliam scored 13 points with seven assists and zero turnovers at Toledo and led NIU across the board versus Ohio with a career-high 17 points, four assists, seven rebounds, zero turnovers and a steal. The Indianapolis, Ind. native scored 12 points against UNI and another 11 versus UIC. In the last three games, she’s also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest. Pulliam is averaging 10.0 points and 3.6 assists per game through 12 appearances.
THE LAST CHANCE
While missing the last shot can always be a heartbreaker, like the Huskies did January 9 at Toledo, getting the last shot off is not always a guarantee. In last year’s home game with Toledo on January 26, 2013, trailing 44-42, the Huskies were unable to put up a last second shot and ended the game with possession, stalled by the Rockets defense.
THE EXTRA NINE PERCENT
In the last four games, the Huskies are shooting nine percent better than its opponents. Northern Illinois has made more baskets, shooting 104-of-219 at a clip of .475, while opponents are shooting 79-of-206 (.383).
The Huskies will be back on the road for two straight games, as it heads to Central Michigan Wednesday, January 15, then comes back home and heads back on the road for a trip at Miami on January 18. Tipoff with the Chippewas will begin at 6 p.m.