NIU Women's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season at Western Michigan

GO HUSKIES Amanda Corral leads the Huskies and is seventh in the MAC in scoring averaging 12.7 points a game.
Amanda Corral leads the Huskies and is seventh in the MAC in scoring averaging 12.7 points a game.

March 5, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. -The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team travels to Western Michigan to close out the Mid-American Conference regular season Wednesday night. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. CT. fans can listen to all the action live on 1360 AM/98.9 FM WLBK and on Huskie All-Access on

The Last Meeting
Western Michigan54
Northern Illinois51
January 23, 2013
DeKalb, Ill.
NIU's Second Half Rally Falls Short Against WMU
A 17-4 second half run by Northern Illinois closed a 16-point Western Michigan gap to three points with 5:33 left but the Huskies were unable to get all the way over the hump. With help from a 51.9 shooting percent in the second half, the Broncos hung on for a 54-51 win Wednesday night at the Convocation Center in a Mid-American Conference West Division contest.

Game Info
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Tip-Off: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.
Arena: University Arena
TV: None
Live Stats:
Radio: 1360 AM/98.9 FM WLBK
Series:WMU leads, 28-20

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 7-21, 2-13 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-9 | 3-11 | 2-1
Last Game: L, 82-61 vs. C. Michigan
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 330-232 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 34-55 (3rd year)
Record vs. WMU:3-4

WMU Info
2012-13 Record: 9-19, 5-10 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 5-6 | 4-12 | 0-1
Last Game: L, 60-46 vs. Ball State
Head Coach: Shane Clipfell
Career Record: 22-31 (2nd year)
Record at WMU: 22-31 (2nd year)
Record vs. NIU:2-2

-- Northern Illinois travels to Kalamazoo looking to build momentum as it heads into the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Huskies are currently the 10th seed and would open tournament play in Buffalo. However, should the Bulls win their season finale over Akron and Miami fall to Ohio, NIU would travel to Oxford to face the RedHawks.

-- Western Michigan leads the overall series, 28-20, and the two teams have split the last four meetings. The Huskies were edged out at home by WMU, 54-51, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Convocation Center. Northern Illinois took two of the three meetings last season including a 69-51 victory in the first round of the 2013 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament in DeKalb.

-- The Huskies enter the regular season finale at Western Michigan looking for their first MAC West Division win of the season. NIU is 2-13 in conference play, defeating Ohio (Feb. 6) and Kent State (Feb. 10) of the MAC East.

The Match-Up
NIU continues its 56th season with its 49th meeting against Western Michigan. The Broncos took the last meeting, 54-51, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Convocation Center. The two teams have split their last four meetings. Northern Illinois' last win in the series came Mar. 3, 2012 when the Huskies defeated WMU, 68-51, in the first round of the 2012 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament in the Convocation Center. NIU's most recent win at University Arena was Jan. 19, 2012 when the Huskies posted a 53-41 win over Western Michigan.

Scouting Western Michigan
Western Michigan enters Wednesday night's contest losers of four straight. The Broncos suffered a 60-46 setback to ball State Sunday afternoon. Marquisha Harris leads WMU in scoring and rebounding averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Miracle Woods is right behind her scoring 8.5 points a game and grabbing 5.4 boards.

Last Meeting
A 17-4 second half run by Northern Illinois closed a 16-point Western Michigan gap to three points with 5:33 left in the game, but the Huskies were unable to get all the way over the hump. Western Michigan shot 51.9 percent in the second half to post a 54-51 win over NIU at the Convocation Center. Satavia Taylorled all scorers with 18 points, while Marquisha Harris and Miracle Woods led the way for the Broncos with 12 points each.

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.

Breakout Performance
Freshman Alexis Lindstromcelebrated her first career start by establishing career highs in points scored and minutes played against Central Michigan (Mar. 3, 2013). Lindstrom, who is averaging 4.4 points a game, scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point territory and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. It was her fourth career double-digit scoring performance. He previous career high was 17 points against Norfolk State Dec. 29, 2012.

Hot Half
The Huskie offense tallied their most points in half against Central Michigan Mar. 3, 2013, 40 in the first half, since scoring 40 in the first half in its win over Norfolk State, Dec. 29, 2012. Northern Illinois' highest point total in a half is 42 first half points in its 67-63 win over Loyola, Nov. 30, 2012.

Corral-ing Points
Amanda Corralhas tallied her 21st double-digit scoring efforts in 27 games this season scoring a team-high 18 points against Central Michigan (Mar. 3, 2013) and is averaging 12.7 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 Haywoodis 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.

Lucky No. 13
Ashley Sneedhas 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 116 of 118 games during her four-year career, the most of any player on the Huskie roster. Haywood has played in all 28 games this season and 36 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 Johnsonis 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 Lindstromwas 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 Thorpright 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 Thorphanded 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 Augustaposted 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's6-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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