NIU Women's Basketball Team Welcomes Central Michigan to DeKalb

GO HUSKIES Shaakira Haywood has played in 115 games during her four-year career at NIU.
Shaakira Haywood has played in 115 games during her four-year career at NIU.

March 2, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team welcomes Central Michigan to the Convocation Center Sunday afternoon for the Huskies' 2012-13 home finale. Sunday is Senior Day and NIU will pay tribute to its two departing seniors, Shaakira Haywood and Satavia Taylor. Fans can listen to all the action live on 1360 AM/98.9 FM WLBK or through Huskie All-Access at

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois56
Central Michigan83
January 19, 2013
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
CMU's Stellar Second Half Leads to 83-56 Win Over NIU
A huge second half surge by Central Michigan led the Chippewas to an 83-56 win over Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Arena. In a Mid-American Conference West Division contest, CMU (10-7, 4-0 MAC) outscored NIU (5-12, 0-4 MAC) 42-19 in the second stanza to earn its fourth straight win over the Huskies in Mount Pleasant.

Game Info
Date: Sunday, March 3
Tip-Off: 3:00 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: CMU leads, 22-21

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 7-20, 2-12 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-8 | 3-11 | 2-1
Last Game: L, 54-45 vs. E. Michigan
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 330-231 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 34-54 (3rd year)
Record vs. CMU: 2-3

CMU Info
2012-13 Record: 16-11, 10-4 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 9-4 | 5-7 | 2-0
Last Game: L, 67-63 vs. Ball State
Head Coach: Sue Guevara
Career Record: 231-185 (13th year)
Record at CMU: 108-103 (6th year)
Record vs. NIU: 8-5

-- Sunday's game against Central Michigan is senior day for Shaakira Haywood and Satavia Taylor. The lone four-year Huskie, Haywood has played in 115 games during her NIU career, including the last 35. Taylor's 2012-13 season was cut short due to an injury suffered against Miami earlier this season. She has played in 46 games in her two years at NIU.

-- Central Michigan leads the overall series, 22-21, and has won six of the last seven games, including three straight. The Chippewas defeated NIU 83-56 earlier this year (Jan. 19, 2013) at Central Michigan. Northern Illinois' last win in the series, a 59-45 triumph, came Feb. 16, 2011 at home in the Convocation Center.

-- Northern Illinois seeks its first MAC victory at home and first MAC West Division win of the season in its final home game of the 2012-13 season at the Convocation Center. The Huskies are 2-12 in league play and 2-8 at home. NIU's 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 44th meeting against Central Michigan. The Chippewas took the last meeting, 83-56, Jan. 19, 2013 at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. CMU has won six of the last seven meetings including three straight. The last Huskie victory in the series came Feb. 16, 2011 when Northern Illinois defeated the Chippewas, 59-45 in DeKalb, Ill.

Scouting Central Michigan
After starting conference play 8-0, Central Michigan enters play Sunday losers of two-straight, falling to MAC leader Toledo, 76-63, and to Ball State, 67-63, with both losses coming at home. Crystal Bradford, leads the Chippewas and is fourth in the MAC in scoring averaging 15.2 points a game and is second In the league in rebounding with 9.9 boards a game.

Last Meeting
A second half surge by Central Michigan led the Chippewas to an 83-56 win over Northern Illinois Jan. 19, 2013 at McQuirk Arena. CMU outscored the Huskies, 42-19, in the second half with Taylor Johnson leading all scorers with 25 points for the Chippewas. Satavia Taylor led the charge for the Huskies, scoring 22 points, while Amanda Corral finished the contest with 16 points.

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.

Senior Salute
Sunday is Senior Day for NIU's two seniors Shaakira Haywood and Satavia Taylor. Haywood is the lone four-year senior on the Huskies' squad. She has played In 115 games, including 35 straight contests. Taylor, who has played in 46 games in two seasons for NIU, was averaging 12.4 points a game before her season was cut short due to an Injury.

Corral-ing Points
Amanda Corral has tallied double-digit scoring efforts in 20-of-26 games this season and is averaging 12.5 points a game, leading the team and ranking eighth 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 center 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 115 of 117 games during her four-year career, the most of any player on the Huskie roster. Haywood has played in all 27 games this season and 35 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 80 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 433-467 (.481) 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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