Huskie Road Swing continues in Kent, Ohio

GO HUSKIES Shaakira Haywood hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds at Ohio.
Shaakira Haywood hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds at Ohio.

Feb. 9, 2013

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KENT, Ohio - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team travels to Kent State looking for its second straight Mid-American Conference victory. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT. Fans can follow all the action live on 1360 AM/98.9 FM WLBK and online via Huskie All-Access.

The Last Meeting
Kent State55
Northern Illinois66
January 28, 2012
DeKalb, Ill.
Huskies Take Down Kent State, 66-55
Using momentum from a 45-point second half in a win at Akron Wednesday, the Northern Illinois women's basketball team continued its stellar offensive execution in a 66-55 wire-to-wire victory over Kent State on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center.

Game Info
Date: Sunday, Feb. 10
Tip-Off: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Athens, Ohio
Arena: M.A.C. Center
Live Stats:
Radio: 1360 WLBK/98.9 FM
Series: Kent State leads 18-10

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 6-17, 1-8 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-6 | 2-9 | 2-1
Last Game: W, 73-52 at Ohio
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 328-227 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 33-50 (3rd year)
Record vs. KSU: 2-2

Kent State Info
2012-13 Record: 3-19, 1-8 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-8 | 1-9 | 0-2
Last Game: L, 58-40 vs. W. Michigan
Head Coach: Danielle O'Banion
Career Record: 3-19 (1st year)
Record at KSU: 3-19 (1st year)
Record vs. NIU: 0-0

Fresh off its first conference victory of the season, a 73-52 victory over Ohio Wednesday night, the Huskies look to continue their winning ways when NIU takes on Kent State. The Huskies and Golden Flashes both have one win in conference play as both schools have defeated Ohio.

NIU is looking for its first victory at Kent State since Jan. 12, 1985. The Golden Flashes own an 11-1 record on their home floor against the Huskies. Northern Illinois dropped their last meeting at the M.A.C. Center, 56-54 in overtime.

This game marks the third game 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 2-9 on the road this season and 1-3 in MAC play. In MAC play under Bennett the Huskies are 7-13 on the road and 13-29 overall.

The Match-Up
NIU continues its 56th season with its 29th meeting against Kent State. The Golden Flashes have won four of the last five meetings and nine straight in Kent, Ohio. The last Northern Illinois victory at Kent State came Jan. 12, 1985 when the Huskies posted a 77-72 win. NIU won last season's meeting, 66-55, at the Convocation Center.

Scouting Kent State
Kent State enters Sunday's contest with a 3-19 overall record and a 1-8 mark in conference play under first year head coach Danielle O'Bannon and have lost eight of its last 10 games. The Golden Flashes lone conference victory came over Ohio Feb. 3, 2013 in Athens. Kent State suffered a 58-40 loss to Western Michigan at home. KSU is 2-8 at home this season and 0-4 against league foes in the M.A.C. Center. Kent State opponents average 68.3 points a game and are shooting 42.7 from the field, while the Golden Flashes average 51.1 points a game while shooting at a 34.5 percent clip.

Last Meeting
Led by Courtney Shelton's 23-point performance, Northern Illinois posted a 66-55 victory over Kent State. The win, the third in the last four games for the Huskies was also the first victory at home for NIU in four tries. Kent State outshot NIU 44.0-40.8, but the Huskies held the age at the free throw line shooting 81.1 percent to the Golden Flashes 50 percent effort from the charity stripe.

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. Andy Garcia has the call on all games and is joined by Ethel Gregory at home games.

One to Build On
The Huskies turned in their best shooting performance of the season in a 73-52 victory at Ohio University Feb. 6, 2013. Northern Illinois shot 59.2 percent from the field and four Huskies finished in double figures. Amanda Corral led the way with 20 points, hitting 7-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point territory. Ashley Sneed tied her season high point total with 13, while Natecia Augusta posted her fourth double digit scoring effort of the season. Freshman Alexis Lindstrom was a perfect 4-for-4, including 3-for-3 from three-point territory for 11 points.

Cleaning the Glass
Northern Illinois dominated Ohio on the boards, out-rebounding the Bobcats, 40-17. The Huskies did particularly well on the defensive glass, hauling in 31 boards. Senior Shaakira Haywood led the way with a career and game-high 10 rebounds, with Jenna Thorp right behind her with eight. The Huskies out-rebound their opposition 37.9-34.5 a 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 six wins this season -- holding a halftime lead, winning the turnover battle and capitalizing on turnovers. The Huskies are 6-1 when leading at the half and 0-15 when trailing. They are 4-2 when committing less turnovers than their opponent and 2-14 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 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 12.3, which ranks eighth in the MAC. She also is seventh in the MAC in free throw percentage (77.8%) and sixth in three-point percentage (36.9%).

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 second in the MAC with a 42.9 three-point percentage and seventh in scoring (12.4 points per game). NIU leads the MAC and ranks 13th in the NCAA in threes percentage (36.6%).

Huskies Playing 20th Season in NCAA Division I
Overall, the Huskies are 432-463 (.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.




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