Huskies Set for Home Meeting Sunday with Miami (OH)

GO HUSKIES Amanda Corral ranks sixth in the MAC in scoring.
Amanda Corral ranks sixth in the MAC in scoring.

Feb. 1, 2013

DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois continues its 56th season with its 30th meeting against Miami (Ohio) at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, February 3 at the Convocation Center. The Huskies have won the last three meetings and eight of the last 10 against the RedHawks, including last season's 70-58 win in DeKalb on Feb. 11, 2012.

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The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois70
Miami (Oh)58
February 11, 2012
Oxford, Ohio
Huskies Manhandle Miami (Ohio) 70-58
The Northern Illinois women's basketball team has picked the right occasion to get hot as the Huskies won for the fifth time in the last six games with a 70-58 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday afternoon.

Game Info
Date: Sunday, Feb. 3
Tip-Off: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
Arena: Convocation Center
TV: SportsTime Ohio, Comcast SportsNet Chicago,
Live Stats:
Radio: Huskie All-Access
Series: MU leads 15-14

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 5-15, 0-7 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-5 | 1-9 | 2-1
Last Game: L, 67-62 at Eastern Michigan
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 327-226 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 31-49 (3rd year)
Record vs. MU: 2-0

Miami Info
2012-13 Record: 13-7, 5-2 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 7-2 | 5-4 | 1-1
Last Game: L, 78-70 vs. Buffalo
Head Coach: Maria Fantanarosa
Career Record: 238-226 (16th year)
Record at MU: 231-206 (15th year)
Record vs. NIU: 8-10

-- NIU is looking for its first Mid-American Conference win to end a 0-7 start in league play for the first time ever. Since joining the NCAA in 1982-83, NIU has never lost its first seven games in conference play in any of its affiliations (Mid-American (1982-86, 1997-current), North Star (1987-92), Mid-Continent (1992-94), Midwestern Collegiate (1994-1997)). The Huskies' current eight-game losing streak is the first streak, winning or losing, of the season longer than two games and is the longest losing streak under Bennett.

-- MU leads the all-time series 15-14 but NIU has won the last three meetings and eight of the last 10, including last season's 70-58 win in DeKalb on Feb. 11, 2012. NIU is 10-6 all-time at home against MU and has not lost in DeKalb to the RedHawks since 2005 (71-68 on Feb. 12), a streak of five games.

-- This game marks one of two home games during a tough road stretch for the Huskies as they will play five of seven games away from DeKalb from Jan. 31 through Feb. 23. NIU is 2-5 at home this season and 0-4 in MAC play. In MAC play under Bennett the Huskies are 7-13 at home and 16-18 overall.

Scouting Miami (Ohio)
The RedHawks are 13-7, 5-2 in MAC play, under 15th-year head coach Maria Fantanarosa and have won five of their last six games. MU's two MAC losses have come at Ball State (62-59 on Jan. 10) and in its most recent game, which was a 78-70 loss at home to Buffalo. The RedHawks are 5-4 on the road and 3-1 in MAC play. MU is averaging 64.2 points per game and allowing 58.3 while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and allowing a 35.7 percent clip to foes.

Last Time Against Miami
NIU picked up its fifth win in a six-game span with a 70-58 decision over Miami in Oxford, Ohio last season on Feb. 11, 2012. The Huskies held MU to its second lowest shooting percentage of the season (31.6) and used a late first half 13-3 run. NIU then extended its 25-16 halftime lead in the second half as the Huskies shot 54.3 percent in the game and held 36-14 and 21-11 edges in points in the paint and points off turnovers.

NIU Overcomes 18-Point Deficit at EMU But Doesn't Earn the Win
The Huskies pulled off an incredible feat on Thursday as they overcame an 18-point second half deficit at Eastern Michigan with a 24-5 run that gave NIU a 57-56 lead, its first since the Eagles took a 25-24 lead with 2:41 left in the first half. The run was fueled by three three-pointers from Satavia Taylor, who scored 15 of her 23 points in the second half. However, EMU quickly answered back with a three to regain the lead on the next possession and NIU missed on two chances in the closing minute to extend the game or win it. Even though the Huskies shot 47.6 percent from the field and 44.4 percent on threes, 18 turnovers played against NIU.

Huskies Give MAC Preseason Favorite Toledo All It Could Handle
On Jan. 26, NIU missed two good chances to beat MAC preseason favorite Toledo in the last 20 seconds in a game that featured eight lead changes, six ties and only a five-point differential as the largest lead for either side on Jan. 26. The Huskies led 42-41 with 1:54 left but gave up a layup 14 seconds later and Amanda Corral was unable to get a quality shot up on NIU's last two possessions. The 44-42 loss was NIU's second by less than three.

Second Half Surge Falls Short Against WMU
On Jan. 23, an 11-3 run by Western Michigan to end the last 5:25 of the first half left NIU down 22-16. Then to open the second half, the Broncos went on a 19-9 spurt to grab their largest lead of the game, 41-25, with 13:05 left. But NIU climbed back thanks to Satavia Taylor, who jump-started a 17-4 Huskie run with eight points during the run. Taylor scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half and helped NIU get within three points late in the game, but the Huskies never got over the hump to tie or grab the lead.

Chips Trip Huskies
On Jan. 19, Central Michigan handed NIU its largest loss of the season by scoring the most points against NIU all season in an 83-56 win in Mount Pleasant, Mich. A 42-19 scoring edge for CMU in the second half built on a slim 41-37 halftime lead, despite the Huskies' 61.5 percent first half shooting performance. A CMU 19-4 run in the middle of the second half sealed the deal. For the game, CMU held edges over NIU in points off turnovers (17-6), second chance points (12-3), fast break points (13-2) and bench points (38-12).

Huskies Slow Akron, But Not Enough for a Win
Akron entered Jan. 16th's game on a hot streak -- the Zips had won their last three games by a margin of over 36 points per game. The Huskies trailed by just one at half, 31-30, after making 10 of their first 14 shots and lost by 11 points. A tough 18-2 run in the second half ended NIU's hopes of ending Akron's winning streak. NIU held the nation's 10th-best scoring team to 15 points less than their season average and allowed only a 39.3 shooting percentage. The win for Akron was just its second-ever in DeKalb as the Huskies are now 8-2 all-time at home against the Zips. NIU fell to 0-4 in MAC play for the third straight year.

Turnovers Doom NIU Against Ball State
In NIU's MAC home opener, 25 turnovers (19 unforced) helped Ball State claim a 57-51 win on Jan. 13. NIU's second-highest turnover total of the year led to 21 BSU points. Two straight threes by Satavia Taylor gave NIU a 45-43 lead with 10:42 left but a 10-2 run by the Cardinals gave them the lead for good. BSU outscored NIU in the paint 28-8. NIU fell to 0-3 in MAC home openers under Bennett.

Buffalo Bruises Way to MAC Opener Win
Despite an 18-point effort by Amanda Corral on Jan. 10, it was not enough to overcome 20 turnovers and a 25-for-34 to 8-for-13 free throw disparity for Buffalo in a 60-53 loss on the road, ending a season long five-game road trip for NIU with a 1-4 record. The trip covered over 3,100 miles from Dec. 22-Jan. 10. The loss dropped NIU to 6-13 in MAC openers and 0-3 under Bennett. The win also gave Buffalo just its fourth-ever against NIU and first-ever in Buffalo as NIU was 13-3 overall and 6-0 in Buffalo in the series prior to the game.

Sharing the Win
In NIU's 69-38 win over Norfolk State on Dec. 29, the Huskies racked up 14 assists on 21 baskets, including 10 on 11 first half field goals. NIU largest winning margin of the year yielded its second highest assist total of the season, coming short of the 19 it had at Morehead State. Jenna Thorp handed out the most versus NSU with a career high five assists. NIU's 9-for-15 day from three-point range was a season best in threes made.

Augusta Earns All-Tournament Nod
For the second time in her career, Natecia Augusta posted back-to-back double digit scoring efforts as she scored a team-high 14 points versus Xavier and added 12 against Norfolk State at the 2012 Cavalier Classic. Her 13 points and three rebounds per game earned her an all-tournament selection as she went 8-for-11 on field goals and 10-for-10 on free throws. For the season, she is career high 6.1 points per game.

Common Threads to Victory
Three factors have all rang true in NIU's five wins this season -- holding a halftime lead, winning the turnover battle and capitalizing on turnovers. The Huskies are 5-1 when leading at the half and 0-14 when trailing. They are 4-1 when committing less turnovers than their opponent and 1-14 when having more. They are 5-4 when scoring more points off turnovers than their opponent and 0-12 when scoring less.

Corral-ing Points
After missing all but six minutes of the South Dakota State game and the whole Bradley game due to a left ankle sprain, Amanda Corral returned as good as ever versus Loyola, Indiana State, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Illinois Chicago, Xavier and Norfolk State. She scored a season-high 19 points in each of the first two games, added 15 versus DePaul, 10 against EIU, 19 again at UIC, 11 versus Xavier and 11 against Norfolk State. Her streak of double digit scoring efforts ended at seven at Valparaiso (nine points). Her scoring average per game is up to a career high mark of 12.8, which ranks sixth in the MAC. She also is fifth in the MAC in free throw percentage (77.8%) and fifth in three-point percentage (39.2%).

Corral Again Named MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week
On Dec. 18, the league office announced Amanda Corral as the Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the second time in three weeks. She had 15 points, six rebounds and two assists against DePaul to earn the honor as she boasts a 4.0 GPA in health sciences. Corral garnered the award for the first time in her career on Dec. 6 after she scored 19 points with four rebounds and an assist and block in a win over Loyola.

Tay and the Trey
Satavia Taylor's 6-for-6 three-point performance against Morehead State set the NIU record for accuracy behind the arc in a game. She also went a perfect 4-for-4 against Ball State en route to a career-high 24 points, the most a Huskie has scored this season by five points. She ranks fourth in the MAC with a 41.8 three-point percentage and eighth in scoring (12.4 points per game). NIU leads the MAC and ranks 15th in the NCAA in threes percentage (36.6%).

NIU Inks Two Impressive Frontcourt Players for 2013-14
In the early signing period in November, the Huskies received National Letters of Intent from 6'0" combo player Jazmine Harris (West Allis, Wis./Heritage Christian) and 5'10" do-it-all player Ally Lehman (Nineveh, Ind./Indian Creek). Both were all-state selections as juniors as Harris averaged 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while Lehman netted 26 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 4.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.

Huskies Playing 20th Season in NCAA Division I
Overall, the Huskies are 431-461 (.483) in 20 seasons of Division I play. NIU has been to the NCAA Tournament five times (1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95).

Bennett Extended through the 2017 Season
On Aug. 22, 2012, NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher announced a contract extension through the 2017 season for Bennett. In her first season in 2010-11, Bennett went 13-17 (7-9 MAC) to improve the win total by 30 percent overall, 75 percent in conference, from the 2009-10 team that she inherited. In her second season, she pushed the 2011-12 Huskies to one win better (14-17, 6-10 MAC) than her first year and made a splash in the MAC Tournament with a youthful roster full of nine underclassmen.

NIU Picked to Finish 4th in the MAC West
The Mid-American Conference coaches and media chose the Huskies to finish fourth in the MAC West Division for the second straight year in the MAC Preseason Poll.

On the Air
Every NIU basketball game of the 2012-13 season can be heard on the Northern Illinois Sports Network, presented by IMG. Home and away games will air on WLBK 98.9 FM and 1360 AM and Huskie All-Access at Home games can also be watched with live video through Huskie All-Access.




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