Huskies Travel to Buffalo to Face Bulls Saturday

GO HUSKIES Aileen Rossouw came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points against Miami Wednesday night.
Aileen Rossouw came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points against Miami Wednesday night.

Feb. 13, 2009

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BUFFALO - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team wraps up the MAC East portion of its schedule when the Huskies travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on the University at Buffalo Saturday at Alumni Arena. Tip-off is set for at 1 p.m. CST.

The Huskies (12-11, 7-3) have posted a 3-2 record against the other side of the conference this season with wins over Ohio, Akron and most recently defeating Miami, 80-66, Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. NIU heads into Saturday's game having played very well on the road this season, improving its win total away from home dramatically from last year. This season, NIU has posted a 6-6 mark outside of DeKalb, Ill. Last year, the Huskies were 2-14 away from the Convo.

"When you're playing on the road, you want to be ready to play and be focused," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "Every team is going to be hard working and tough. We've got to match that intensity."

Buffalo (5-18, 1-9) returns home after falling to Eastern Michigan, 69-58, Wednesday night and has lost 15 of its last 16 games. They have two players averaging in double figures, with Kourtney Brown leading the way averaging 16 points a game and Jessica Fortman scoring 10.8 points a game.

"They have a good inside game and some athleticism that we have to be aware of," Owens said. "They're going to play a lot of people and press a little bit. We have to be ready to execute our offense versus their press and various defenses."

Northern Illinois University owns a 10-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last seven meetings. NIU's winning streak began Mar. 2, 2002 when the Huskies defeated Buffalo, 56-41 in the 2002 MAC Tournament. The last Bulls' victory came Jan. 23, 2002 when Buffalo posted a 50-39 victory in the Convocation Center.

Four Huskies finished in double figures, with Jessie Wilcox leading the way with a game-high 22 points as Northern Illinois scored a 77-63 victory over Buffalo Jan. 31, 2008 in the Convocation Center the last time these two met. The Huskies jumped out to an early 20-11 lead, and went into halftime with a 45-30 advantage. Buffalo opened the second half with a 13-4 run, to cut the deficit to six. That would be as close as the Bulls would get. The Huskies retook control of the game and walked away with the victory.




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