Stephanie Raymond Named to First Team All-MAC

GO HUSKIES Stephanie Raymond is averaging 18.8 points a game heading into the 2007 Kraft MAC Tournament
Stephanie Raymond is averaging 18.8 points a game heading into the 2007 Kraft MAC Tournament

March 3, 2007

CLEVELAND - Stephanie Raymond was named First Team All-MAC, while Kristin Wiener was named Third Team All-MAC the Mid-American Conference announced Saturday.

"It's great for our program," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "I'm very happy for them. It's well deserved. They've earned it."

Raymond and Wiener are the Huskies two leading scorers. Raymond leads the Huskies with 18.8 points a game, while Wiener is right behind her with 15.2 points a game. Raymond earned Second Team All-MAC honors last season, while Wiener was named honorable mention in 2005-06. Raymond is the first Huskie to be named to the first team since 1984-85 when Pam Simmons and Lisa Starosta earned the honor.

After starting the season No. 17 on the Huskies' all-time leading scorers list, Raymond has ascended to No. 6 on the list with 1,659 career points. Her 478 career assists ranks second on the Huskies' all-time career assists list, and is only the third Huskie to achieve 1,000-career points and 400-career assists. She leads the MAC and is seventh in the nation is assists per game with 6.5. She has set the school's single-season mark for assists with 182 so far this season.

Raymond is first in the MAC and third in the nation in free throw shooting percentage, hitting 90.7 percent from the line. She is on pace to break the Huskies' single-season (.872) and career (.822) free throw percentage marks. She has made 146 free throws this season, putting her sixth on the Huskies all-time single season list for made free throws.

She was named MAC Player of the Week three times this season. Her first came after being named Most Valuable Player of the Mildred and Roger L. White Invitational. The other two came after 30-point performances against Bradley and Kansas.

Wiener has set two career milestones this season. She grabbed her 500th-career rebound and scored her 1,000th-career point and is only the 16th Huskie to achieve both. She has 1,777-career points and 606-career rebounds and currently ranks 16th on the Huskies' all-time leading scorers list. She has a career-best 224 rebounds, the most by a Huskie since the 2003-04 season. Wiener's eight double-doubles leads the Huskies this season. She scored a season-high 28 points against IPFW and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds against Central Michigan.

Wiener is averaging 16.3 points a game in conference play, increasing her overall average from 12.5 to 15.2 during conference play. Wiener blocked a career-high seven shots in the Huskies' win over Illinois. She has 27 blocks this season and 98 for her career. She was named MAC Player of the Week after posting her fifth double-double and scoring a career-high 28 points against IPFW (1/30/07) and scoring 21 against Miami (OH) (2/03/07).