Feb. 6, 2007
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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team (15-6, 6-3) is back on the road again. This time the Huskies head to Kent, Ohio to take on the Golden Flashes of Kent State (11-9, 7-2) Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST. It is the Huskies fourth game on the road in their last five games.
NIU is 7-5 on the road and are currently riding a two-game winning streak on the road. The Huskies won their last contest on the road, defeating IPFW 77-55. Jan. 30, 2007. The Huskies won their last conference road game, defeating Buffalo, 58-53, Jan. 27, 2007.
"This will be a very good game for us, playing at Kent State," head coach Carol Owens said. "They are a very good team. They've only lost two games in the MAC. They are a very athletic team. It will be a very physical game. I believe the game will be won on the boards and on the free throw line."
Northern Illinois and Kent State are No. 4 and 5 in the conference in scoring respectively. Both teams are in the Top 10 in the league in free throw shooting. The Huskies lead the league and the nation, shooting 80 percent from the line, while the Golden Flashes are ninth in the league shooting 68 percent from the line. The Huskies lead the MAC in rebounding margin, out-rebounding their opponents, 3.4 rebounds a game. Kent State is third in the league (2.1).
Stephanie Raymond is sixth in the nation free-throw shooting, hitting 91 percent of her free throws. She is second in the conference and No. 25 in the nation in scoring, averaging 18.9 points a game. She is also fifth in the nation in assists, with 6.5 a game.
MAC West Player of the Week Kristin Wiener continues to thrive. She scored a career-high 28 points against IPFW. She also recorded her fifth double-double of the season grabbing 12 rebounds in the game. She tallied 21 points in the Huskies 82-70 victory over Miami (OH). Wiener is seventh in the MAC in rebounding just behind Kent State's La'kia Stewart.