Stephanie Raymond is MAC West Division's Initial Repeat Player of
the Week Honoree
OH --- With Stephanie Raymond racking up multiple 20-plus point
performances, it*s no wonder she added a second Mid-American Conference
West Division Player of the Week accolade on Monday (Jan. 16) when
MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst revealed this week*s honorees.
the first player from the MAC West Division to be a repeat pick
and joins the University at Buffalo*s Heather Turner from the East
Division as a two-time recipient. The 5-5 Huskie junior guard scored
24 and 27 points in leading NIU to back-to-back Mid-Am victories
over West Division opposition.
happy for Stephanie to be recognized for what she*s done. There*s
no doubt she played an instrumental role in our last two victories,
and also with us winning four of our last five games,* NIU head
coach Carol Owens said. *It*s definitely well-deserved because she*s
been such a leader for us and she*s been making plays when it counts
In leading Northern
Illinois to a 59-57 road victory over Central Michigan University
followed by a 71-60 home triumph over the University of Toledo,
Raymond averaged 25.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0
steals. At Mt. Pleasant, MI, Raymond scored NIU*s last 12 points
during the final 8:28 of the second half as the Huskies overcame
a trio of deficits during that span. The last of four three-pointers
created a 57-all tie with 1:58 left to be played, and she then sank
two free throws with 10 seconds left to produce the final two-point
Her 24 points
against CMU equalled her then career-best for the third time within
a five-game span, and also for the sixth time in her three NIU campaigns.
Raymond hit 4-of-5 treys as part of a 7-of-14 overall shooting performance
that was backed up by a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
She also grabbed three rebounds and notched a pair of assists and
steals against the Chippewas.
to taking advantage of her own opportunities, I*m also pleased to
see how much Steph is helping her teammates be more successful,*
Owens added. *I still maintain she*s one the best players in the
league because she*s improved her complete game. She regularly gets
the ball to her teammates where they can use it.*
Her six assists
in the win over the Rockets almost went unnotiched thanks to a new
career-best of 27 points that included tying the school single-game
record for three-pointers with seven tri-lighters. Raymond nailed
7-of-11 from beyond the arch as part of a 10-of-16 showing in addition
to a pair of rebounds plus a block and two steals. Of her 46 career
double-figure performances, 15 have featured 20 or more points and
of those, seven have occurred over the last eight contests.
earned her first-ever West Division POW back on Jan. 2 after making
the Florida International University Fun & Sun Classic All-Tournament,
is the only Huskie to hit double figures in all 14 games, She remains
on track to become the 22nd player in NIU women*s hoop history to
reach the 1,000-point plateau (needing 73) and currently leads active
players in career points (927), assists (233), three-pointers made
(110 * good for 5th in career treys made), and steals (181 * good
for 16th in career thefts).
State University*s Ali Mann was named the East Division Player of
the Week as the Falcon junior forward was selected over the University
of Akron*s Jessie Crooks, Kent State University*s La-kia Stewart,
Miami University*s Jacklyn Leininger, and Ohio University*s Rachel
Frederick. The other nominees in the West included Ball State University*s
Tina Bolte, Eastern Michigan University*s Patrice McKinney, and
Western Michigan University*s carrie Moore.
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