NIU Women's Basketball Team Looks To Get Back To Winning Ways

GO HUSKIES Kristin Wiener is averaging 15.2 points a game in conference play
Kristin Wiener is averaging 15.2 points a game in conference play

Feb. 13, 2007

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team looks to snap it's first losing streak of the season when the Huskies welcome Eastern Michigan to the Convocation Center Wednesday at 7 p.m.

"It's good to be home," head coach Carol Owens said. "We have an opportunity to play Eastern Michigan again. Our kids are looking forward to it. It's going to be a hard fought game. We have to rebound and take care of the ball."

The Huskies (15-8, 6-5) head into Wednesday's rematch with EMU (12-10, 7-4) in the midst of a two-game losing streak. The Huskies lost at Kent State, 78-71 Feb. 7 and dropped their last outing, 85-76, at home versus then-No. 17 Bowling Green Feb. 10. The loss to the Falcons was the Huskies first defeat at home since the second game of the season.

The Huskies have done a very good job of defending its home floor this season. The Huskies are 8-2 at the Convo, averaging 75.9 points a game, while holding their opponents to 66.1. Stephanie Raymond averages 19.6 points a game at home versus 17.7 on the road. Before falling to Bowling Green, the Huskies had won seven straight at home.

The first time these two matched up, Eastern Michigan opened the game with a 10-2 run and never looked back. Sarah VanMetre had her best game of the year posting season-highs in points (29) and rebounds (13). Teammate Patrice McKinney scored 24 points, while Alyssa Pittman added 11. Kristine Wiener led the way for the Huskies scoring 21 points. Stephanie Raymond followed with 17. The Eagles won, 80-66.

Both teams head into this contest coming off of losses. While the Huskies are looking to rebound after losing to Bowling Green, the Eagles come into Wednesday's game after dropping 70-62 contest to Ohio at home.

When the Huskies and Eagles first met, Wiener was averaging 12.5 points a game. Since then, Wiener's average has increased to 15.2. When Becky Smith was coming off the bench, she was averaging 2.7 points a game. Since being inserted into the starting line up, Smith averages 5.6 points a game.

The first 140 women entering the Convocation Center for the game with Eastern Michigan with receive a rose. Tickets can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center, entrance 2. If you have any questions you can call 815-752-6800.