Jan. 19, 2007
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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team (11-5, 3-2) returns to the Convocation Center Saturday to play host to lost to MAC East Division foe Akron (7-10, 0-5).
"It's really good to be home after a tough loss to Ball State," head coach Carol Owens said. "Akron, with their new staff, is going to be competitive. Niki McCoy is their go-to player. We have to make sure we keep in mind what she can do on the floor."
The Huskies come into Saturday's contest after falling to MAC West leader Ball State Wednesday in Muncie, Ind. Kristin Wiener led the way for the Huskies, scoring 21 points. She went 8-11 from the field and 5-9 from the free throw line. She is 16 points shy 1,000 points for her career. Stephanie Raymond turned in her second double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and dishing out 10 assists.
"Kristin has been our most consistent player outside of Stephanie," Owens said. "She really has a great inside presence. She's been doing it on both ends of the floor. I think she's one of the better players in the MAC."
Akron comes into Saturday's game having lost its last five games, all MAC contests. The Zips fell to Ohio, 66-55, their last time out.
Northern Illinois leads the all-time series 13-4. The Huskies have won five of the last six meetings between the two teams. The Huskies won the last meeting, 75-67, January 25, 2006. The last Akron victory came February 10, 2004, when the Zips defeated NIU, 43-42.
NIU has several special events and promotions for Saturday. Saturday is Alumni Day with an alumni game at 11 a.m. Recognition of all women's basketball alumnae in attendance at halftime.
Saturday's game is "Take a Kid to the Game" day. Children in eighth grade or below get in for $1 with a paid adult. It is also "Camper Reunion Day." Campers can use their Sport Camp VIP cards and be admitted into the game for $1. Tickets can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center, entrance 2. If you have any questions you can call 815-752-6800.