Jan. 20, 2007
DeKALB, IL -- Former Northern Illinois University District All-America frontcourt star Tammy Hinchee turned back the clock Saturday (January 20) morning in the Convocation Center.
A regular on the Huskies 26-5 Hall of Fame quintet in 1989-90, Hinchee topped all scorers and rebounders with a 23-point, 14-board double double and led the Cardinal quintet to a 58-51 triumph over the Black unit in the schools annual womens basketball game.
The 6-foot-2 Hinchee (Cuba) tallied 14 points in the first half and pushed coach Mike Korceks Cardinal unit to a 36-30 halftime advantage. Ranked No. 3 on the all-time Northern Illinois career scoring list with 1,921 points (1986-90), Hinchee added nine points in the final 20 minutes. As a senior, Hinchee averaged 19.7 points and 10.4 rebounds for Hall of Fame head coach Jane Albright.
Hinchee dominated the paint and took defenders on the perimeter for a few 17-footers
in a Time Tunnel-like performance.
This is a really fun experience, said Cardinal point guard Kristan Knake (Marengo), the alumnae games No. 1 draft pick who scored seven points. Its great to have an alumnae event such as this and support the current young women in the Northern Illinois program. I wouldve loved to play ball with Tammy. She was great today. Knake is currently the sophomore girls coach at Huntley High School.
Forward Jamie Wilson (Reynoldsburg, OH) contributed 11 points to the Black cause.
Two NIU Athletics Hall of Famers and former All-America picks---guards Lisa Foss (Lake Zurich) and E. C. Hill (Chicago / Whitney Young) paced coach Bill Fiuncanes Black team with 10 points apiece. The 5-7 Hill added a team-best five rebounds. Current Northern Illinois assistant coach Melissa Parker held the distinction of playing for both teams---scoring seven points in the opening 20 minutes for the Black and then hitting a second-half three-point jumper for the short-handed Cardinal in the final stanza.
Second-year NIU head coach and Hall of Famer Carol Owens---the programs No. 2 all-time scorer with 2,102 career points---tossed up the opening jump ball and watched the alumnae with the current Northern Illinois team.
Guard Denise Robinson (Chicago / Lindblom) produced four points and enjoyed the Huskie womens basketball ambiance of the annual Alumnae Day. Seeing all the players gave me a special feeling, Robinson said. You get goose bumps. You feel a bond. You want to see your old teammates and you come to see who shows up and what youve done with your life.
Tammy Hinchee is still the best, added Robinson who has served on the Chicago police for the last 12 years. She is still an intense competitor and brings out the competitiveness in all of us. The game was a lot of fun for all of us.
The Huskie womens alums were feted at a post-game reception and introduced at halftime of the Northern Illinois-Akron game in the afternoon.
Northern Illinois womens basketball alumnae game box score:
BLACK ALUMNAE (51) --- D. Robinson 2-0-4, M. Parker 3-0-7, E. C. Hill 4-1-10, L. Foss 5-0-10, Uptmor 3-0-6, K. Williamson 2-1-5, K. Moore 3-3-9, TOTALS 22-5-51.
CARDINAL ALUMNAE (58) --- K. Knake 2-3-7, T. Hinchee 11-1-23, J. Wilson 4-3-11, D. D. Jeske 3-0-6, C. Stallworth 3-2-8, M. Parker 1-0-3, TOTALS 24-9-58
Halftime: Cardinal, 36-30.
Rebounds: Cardinal 39 (T. Hinchee 14, J. Wilson 8, K. Knake 8). Black 17 (E. C. Hill 5).
3-Pointers: Cardinal 2 (M. Parker, E. C. Hill), Black 1 (M. Parker).