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Feb. 27, 2007
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team returns home to the Convocation Center for its final regular season game when the Huskies play host to Ball State Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Wednesday is a special night for four Huskies in particular. It will be the final regular season home game for Margaret Batteast, Mary Basic, Kristin Wiener and Stephanie Raymond.
"I'm just really excited for our seniors," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "I know our underclassmen want to play hard for them. I think it's a great day and a great game for us to honor them."
Since her arrival at Northern, Batteast has provided quality minutes off the bench. The first signee of the Carol Owens era has seen action in 24 games for the Huskies this season. She played a season-high 24 minutes against Western Michigan, finishing with a career-high six points, and career-high three steals.
The 2006-07 season was a season of career milestones for Basic, Wiener, and Raymond. Basic has 423-career rebounds and 101-career steals. She leads the Huskies in three-point shooting percentage, while her 63 career threes puts her 12th on the school's career all-time three-point field goals made list. Basic has two double-doubles this season.
In the Huskies victory over Akron, Wiener scored her 1,000th-career point, while Raymond posted her 400th-career assist. A week before, Wiener grabbed her 500th-career rebound. She is the 16th Huskies to have 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Wiener has posted eight double-doubles this season. She was named MAC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 28 points against IPFW.
Stephanie Raymond has played in 110 career games for the Huskies. She leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.9 points a game and is No. 6 on the Huskies' all-time scoring list with 1,644 career points. Stephanie set the Huskie single-season mark for assists this season with 175, and her 6.5 assists per game is seventh in the nation.
Stephanie leads the MAC and is third in the nation in free throw shooting, averaging 90.6 percent from the free throw line this season and 83.6 percent for her career. She earned MAC Player of the Week honors three times this season.
Wednesday Night is also an important game in regards to seeding for the upcoming MAC Tournament. Win a Huskies win and an Eastern Michigan loss, NIU would be the No. 2 team in the West and would earn a first-round bye.
"Finishing off strong is very important for us heading into the conference tournament," Owens said. "We've been very successful at home and we want to continue that."
The last time these two teams met, the Huskies were unable to withstand 10-15 shooting by the Cardinals from beyond the three-point line. Ball State freshman Audrey McDonald led all scorers with 23 points.
Kristin Wiener led the way for the Huskies, scoring 21 points. She went 8-11 from the field and 5-9 from the free throw line. Stephanie Raymond turned in her second double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and dishing out 10 assists.
Whitney Lowe shot 50 percent from the field (6-12) and from beyond the arc (3-6) to finish with 15 points. Jessie Wilcox also finished in double figures for the ninth time this season. She finished the game with 11 points.
The first 200 fans attending Wednesday night's game will receive a special senior t-shirt celebrating the careers of the four Huskie seniors. There will also be a drawing for two tickets to the Blue Man Group. If you have any unused season tickets from any of the previous women's games, those can be redeemed for a new ticket for this game. If you have any questions feel free to contact NIU Marketing at 815-753-0801.