NIU Women's Basketball Team Looks for Third-Straight Win

GO HUSKIES Amanda Corral leads the Huskie offense averaging 12.9 points a game.
Amanda Corral leads the Huskie offense averaging 12.9 points a game.

Feb. 15, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team rides a two-game winning streak into its Mid-American Conference crossover contest with Bowling Green at the Convocation Center Saturday. Tip off is set for 3 p.m. CT and fans can follow all the action live on 1360 AM/98.9 FM and online via Huskie All-Access. The game will switch over to Huskie All-Access exclusively at 4:45 p.m.

Saturday's game is the women's basketball team's annual "Pink Game" to help raise awareness of breast cancer in American. All fans planning to attend are encouraged to wear pink and "Pack the House Pink" against Bowling Green.

The Last Meeting
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February 1, 2012
Bowling Green, Ohio
Huskies Fall at Bowling Green, 57-47
Entering the game, the Northern Illinois women's basketball team had lost nine straight to Bowling Green and five straight at Anderson Arena. Unfortunately for the Huskies, it was new place, same result. NIU fell 57-47 in its first game at the new Stroh Center on Wednesday night in a Mid-American Conference cross-divisional match-up.

Game Info
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Tip-Off: 3:00 p.m. CT
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
Arena: Convocation Center
Live Stats:
Radio: 1360 WLBK/98.9 FM
Series: BGSU leads 20-12

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 7-16, 2-8 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-6 | 3-9 | 2-1
Last Game: W, 52-47 at Kent State
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 330-227 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 34-50 (3rd year)
Record vs. BGSU: 0-2

Bowling Green Info
2012-13 Record: 15-8, 6-4 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 8-4 | 7-3 | 0-1
Last Game: L, 55-54 at Western Michigan
Head Coach: Jennifer Roos
Career Record: 15-8 (1st year)
Record at BGSU: 15-8 (1st year)
Record vs. NIU: 0-0

• NIU enters play looking to extend its modest winning streak to three games. The Huskies defeated Ohio, 73-52, Feb. 6 for its first conference victory of the season and posted a 52-47 win over Kent State Feb. 10. Both victories came on the road.

• Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 20-12 and has won 11 of the last 12 games. The Falcons have won the last 10 meetings, the longest streak by either school. The last Huskie victory came Feb 18, 2004, 102-97 overtime win at Bowling Green.

• Saturday's game marks the lone home game in a stretch where the Huskies will play four of five games away from DeKalb from Feb. 6 through Feb. 23. This season, NIU is 2-6 overall and 0-5 in MAC play at the Convocation Center. Under Bennett, the Huskies are16-19 overall and 7-14 in conference play at the Convo.

The Match-Up
NIU continues its 56th season with its 33rd meeting against Kent State. The Falcons have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including 10 straight, the longest winning streak by either school. The last win by the Huskies was a102-97 overtime win at Bowling Green Feb. 18, 2004. Northern Illinois last beat the Falcons at the Convocation Center Jan. 11, 2003, a 78-58.

Scouting Bowling Green
Bowling Green enters play Saturday looking to rebound from a 55-54 loss at Western Michigan Feb. 10. The Falcons have posted a 3-2 record against the MAC West this season, defeating Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. In addition to losing to the Broncos, Bowling Green also fell to Toledo. Chrissy Steffen leads Bowling Green in scoring, averaging 11.7 points a game, while Alexis Rogers adds 10.9 points a game and leads the Falcons in rebounding with 6.4 a game.

Last Meeting
Turnovers and a poor first half shooting performance proved costly as Bowling Green defeated NIU, 57-47, at the Stroh Center Feb. 1, 2012. The Falcons converted 20 Huskie miscues into 23 points, while the Huskie offense got off to a slow start, shooting 23.8 percent from the field in the first half. Northern Illinois finished the game with a 37.5 shooting percentage, while the Falcons hit at a 38.2 percent clip. Amanda Corral scored 12 points, going 3-of-6 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three-point territory.

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.

Going for Three
Northern Illinois is looking for its first three-game winning streak of the season and the first since Feb. 2-16, 2012 when the Huskies beat Ohio, Miami and Ball State during that stretch. NIU won back-to-back games for the first time this season since knocking off Davidson and Morehead State in the Preseason WNIT Nov. 17 & 18, 2012 when the Huskies defeated Ohio (Feb. 6) and Kent State (Feb. 10).

East Finale
Saturday's contest with Bowling Green is the final crossover game for the Huskies in the 2012-13 regular season. NIU is 2-3 against opponents from the Mid-American Conference's East Division, beating Ohio and Kent State, while falling to Buffalo, Akron and Miami.

Corral-ing Points
Amanda Corral has tallied double-digit scoring efforts in17-of-22 games this season and is averaging 12.9 points a game, leading the team and ranking seventh in the league. She scored a season-high 20 points in NIU's 73-52 victory at Ohio. She put together a streak of double-digit scoring efforts Nov. 30, 2012 to Dec. 29, 2012.

On Target
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.

Lucky No. 13
Ashley Sneed has scored in double figures in each of the last two games and three times this season tallying 13 points each time. She scored 13 points against Xavier (Dec. 28, 2012), Ohio (Feb. 6, 2013) and Kent State (Feb. 10, 2012).

Cleaning the Glass
Northern Illinois dominated Ohio on the boards, out-rebounding the Bobcats, 40-17, in its 73-52 victory. 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 33.9-31.7 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.

Making the Grade
Amanda Corral, excels on the court and in the classroom. She garnered MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors twice in three weeks during the 2012-13 season. A 4.0 student studying health sciences, Corral earned her first career scholar-athlete of the week honor Dec. 6, 2012 after scoring 19 points, grabbing four rebounds and tallying an assist and a block in NIU's victory over Loyola. Her second award came Dec. 18, 2012 following a 15-point, six rebound and two assist performance against DePaul.

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.



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