NIU Women's Basketball team Returns Home for Two-Game Set

GO HUSKIES Freshman Alexis Lindstrom led the Huskies with 15 points at Ball State.
Freshman Alexis Lindstrom led the Huskies with 15 points at Ball State.

Feb. 27, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team opens a two-game homestand Thursday night when the Huskies welcome Eastern Michigan to the Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and fans can listen to the action live on 1360 AM/98.9 FM or on Huskie All-Access on

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois62
Eastern Michigan67
January 31, 2013
Ypsilanti, Mich.
NIU Second Half Rally Falls Short at Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois put on a furious rally in the second half to overcome an 18-point deficit but did not hang on to the lead as Eastern Michigan earned a 67-62 win on Thursday evening at the Convocation Center. The defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Eagles (5-15, 3-4 MAC) extended their winning streak over the Huskies (5-15, 0-7 MAC) to eight games overall and eight games at home.

Game Info
Date: Thursday, Feb. 28
Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
Arena: Convocation Center
TV: None
Webcast: Huskie All-Access
Live Stats:
Radio: 1360 AM/98.9 FM WLBK
Series: EMU leads, 29-9

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 7-19, 2-11 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-7 | 3-11 | 2-1
Last Game: L, 64-54 at Ball State
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 330-230 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 34-53 (3rd year)
Record vs. EMU: 1-5

EMU Info
2012-13 Record: 7-19, 5-8 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 4-10 | 3-8 | 0-1
Last Game: W, 73-69 vs. Western Michigan
Head Coach: Tory Verdi
Career Record: 7-19 (1st year)
Record at EMU: 7-19 (1st year)
Record vs. NIU: 1-0

-- Thursday night's game begins a two-game homestand for Northern Illinois. The Huskies have played four of their last five games on the road, going 2-3 during that stretch. Northern picked up wins at Ohio, the first league victory, and at Kent State.

-- Eastern Michigan leads the overall series, 29-9, and has won 10 of the last 11 games, including eight straight. The Eagles posted a 67-62 win over NIU earlier this year (Jan. 31, 2013) at Eastern Michigan. Northern Illinois' last victory in the series, a 69-62 win, came Jan. 17, 2009 at home in the Convocation Center.

-- Northern Illinois returns home to the Convocation Center in search of its first MAC victory at home and first MAC West Division win of the season. The Huskies are 2-11 in league play and 2-7 at home. Northern Illinois' two conference victories came on the road at Ohio (Feb. 6) and at Kent State (Feb. 10). NIU's last win at home came Dec. 19, 2012 when the Huskies beat Eastern Illinois, 48-38.

The Match-Up
NIU continues its 56th season with its 39th meeting against Eastern Michigan. Eastern Michigan took the last meeting, 67-62, Jan. 31, 2013 at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. The Eagles have won 10 of the last 11 meetings including eight straight. The last Huskie victory in the series came Jan. 17, 2009 when Northern Illinois posted a 69-62 win in DeKalb, Ill.

Scouting Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan comes to DeKalb fresh off its 73-69 victory over Western Michigan at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. The Eagles, who are tied with Western Michigan for the eighth spot for the 2013 MAC Tournament, have split their last four games. Bianca Cage leads the EMU offense with 10.1 points a game, while India Hairston is the top rebounder grabbing 6.5 boards a game.

Last Meeting
Northern Illinois put on a furious rally in the second half to overcome an 18-point deficit, but did not hang on to the lead as Eastern Michigan earned a 67-62 win at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. earlier this season. The Huskies led by as much as six points and held the lead for over 13 minutes in the first half, but a late 10-0 run by the Eagles erased NIU's lead. EMU went on a 17-2 run in the final five minutes of the half to take a 35-26 lead into the locker room.

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.

Corral-ing Points
Amanda Corral has tallied double-digit scoring efforts in 19-of-25 games this season and is averaging 12.5 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 seven double-digit scoring efforts Nov. 30, 2012 to Dec. 29, 2012.

Michigan Huskie
Shaakira Haywood is the lone Huskie from the state of Michigan. The 6-2 forward hails from Canton, Mich. and played her high school ball at Plymouth.

Dialing From Long Distance
Northern Illinois took a season-high 23 three-pointers in its 64-54 setback at Ball State Feb. 23. NIU connected on eight of those attempts, one away from its season-high of nine set Dec. 29, 2012 against Norfolk State.

Freshman Stepping Up
Alexis Lindstrom led the Huskies in scoring for the second time this season with 15 points at Ball State. The freshman guard went 4-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point territory, and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She finished two points from her career high of 17 points came against Norfolk State Dec. 29, 2012.

Lucky No. 13
Ashley Sneed has scored in double figures in each of the last two games and three times overall 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).

Center of Consistency
The lone four-year senior on the squad, Shaakira Haywood has played in 114 of 116 games during her four-year career, the most of any player on the Huskie roster. Haywood has played in all 26 games this season and 34 straight games at NIU dating back to Feb. 16, 2012. She participated in the maximum during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, 29 and 30 games respectively, and played in 71 consecutive games from to Nov. 13, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2011. Alicia Johnson is the nearest Huskie to Haywood playing in 79 games during her three-year career.

Doubling Up
It its seven victories this season, Northern Illinois has held a 2-1 advantage in the first half, outscoring its opponents 233-150 in the first 20 minutes. Conversely, in their 18 losses, the Huskies have been outscored 531-408 in the first half of its losses.

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.

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 433-466 (.482) 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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