Jan. 26, 2007
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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team continues its three-game road trip when it when the Huskies (12-6, 4-3) face off against Buffalo (6-13, 1-6) Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CST at Alumni Arena.
The Huskies, who equaled their win total of all of last season with the 81-70 win over Akron, are 5-5 on the road this season. They dropped their last road outing, 72-70 to Ohio Tuesday night. This is the third of six-straight conference games vs. MAC East opponents. The Huskies are currently 1-2 against the East Division.
"This is the time of year when we play the MAC East teams," said head coach Carol Owens. "These are tough road games. Our goal is to go there and be successful. I believe our team is ready to play. We've had some good practices. We have to be in attack mode, especially on the road."
The Huskies have dominated the all-time series with Buffalo leading the series 8-1. The Huskies took last year's encounter in thrilling fashion, winning in 81-72 in triple overtime. The lone Buffalo victory came Jan. 23, 2002 when the Bulls defeated the Huskies 50-39.
Stephanie Raymond leads the Huskies in scoring, averaging 20.2 points a game. She is second in the MAC in scoring. Her 6.5 assists a game is tops in the MAC. She is sixth in the nation in free throw shooting, hitting 91 percent of her free throws. She recorded her third double-double of the season in the loss to Ohio, scoring 15 points and dishing out 10 assists.
Kristin Wiener scored 20 points in a game for the fourth time this season, each time scoring a season best 21 points. She has four double-doubles on the season. Her 14.9 points a game places her eighth in the MAC in scoring. She is seventh in the conference in rebounding, averaging 7.9 boards a game.