Jan. 22, 2008
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DEKALB, Ill.- The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team is back home to play host to the Rockets of Toledo in the Convocation Center Wednesday night.
The Huskies (5-12, 1-3) return home after losing at Western Michigan, 75-51 Saturday. The Huskies played a solid first half, shooting 50 percent from the field in the half, but struggled offensively in the second half shooting 27 percent from the field. NIU shot 36 percent for the game.
Toledo (9-7, 2-2) comes into Wednesday's contest after posting a 72-66 victory over Ball State Saturday at home, snapping a two-game losing streak. Tamesha Scotton came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points. Three other Rockets finished in double figures.
"I think it will be a really interesting match up," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "Toledo has done a great job so far this year. They'll come in with some confidence, but we'll have some confidence at home. It will be interesting to see how we play."
Toledo leads the all-time series, 18-13, but the Huskies have won the last four meetings between the two. NIU outscored Toledo 138-128 in the two meetings last season, winning the first game, 65-58, Jan. 10, 2007 at Toledo and taking the second game, 73-70, in the Convocation Center, Feb. 21, 2007. Stephanie Raymond scored a game-high 30 points the last time the two met.
One Huskie that has stepped up her play since the beginning of the conference season has been Whitney Lowe. Lowe has steadily improved since the beginning of conference play, scoring in double digits in all four MAC games this season with a career-high 24 coming against Ball State.
She is the Huskies' leading scorer, averaging 15.3 points a game MAC play, well above her season average of 8.5 points. Shari' Welton is another player that has shown improvement on the offensive side of the ball since the start of conference play. Welton is averaging 9.8 points a game in MAC play, while averaging 8.2 points a game for the season.
Tip off between the Rockets and Huskies is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center. For tickets, contact the NIU ticket office at 815-752-6800 or log on to www.niuhuskies.com. Fans can follow all the action with Bill Baker on 1360 AM WLBK.