Raymond earns postseason award for second consecutive year, honored on All-MAC Third Team



March 7, 2005

Raymond earns postseason award for second consecutive year, honored on All-MAC Third Team
CLEVELAND, OH---If there was one constant for the Northern Illinois University women's basketball team this season, it was sophomore Stephanie Raymond. Raymond---named one of the Huskie co-captains at the beginning of the year---responded with a breakout season that was good enough to earn Third Team All-Mid-American Conference honors Monday (Mar. 7). League commissioner Rick Chryst made the announcement.

It marks the second consecutive season that Raymond (Rockford, IL / Lutheran) has earned postseason acclaim from the MAC. She was a member of the league's All-Freshman Team at the conclusion of last year.

Raymond elevated her game to a national level this season, ranking third in the nation averaging 3.8 steals per game and 24th in the country in free throw percentage at .849. In terms of the MAC, the sophomore ranked in the league's top-20 in ten different statistical categories, leading the loop in steals and minutes played (38.6 mpg).

Amazingly, Raymond sat out just three minutes of NIU's final eight games of the year, playing all 40 minutes in each of the final four contests. She finished the season with nine "complete games" under her belt including a Herculean 50-minute effort during a double-overtime loss to Central Michigan back on Jan. 29.

During that time in the lineup, Raymond developed into Northern Illinois' leader on both ends of the floor. She became just the second player in school history to rack up 100 steals in a season and broke E.C. Hill's single-season school record, finishing the year with 107 after notching ten games of five swipes or more. Included in that run was a ten-steal effort at Loyola University-Chicago back on Dec. 1 that came within one steal of setting NIU's single-game record as well.

On the offensive end, Raymond notched eight 20-point games on her way to 15.5 points per night that led the team and ranked eighth in the MAC. She opened the season with three of those 20-point outings in the first three games of the year including a career-high 24 at Northern Iowa (Nov. 26). The Rockford native matched that career standard twice more, hitting 10-of-21 shots to get to 24 points at Western Illinois (Dec. 12) before scoring 24 points, grabbing five rebounds, and handing out four assists against MAC foe Miami (OH) (Feb. 12). The Miami game was just one of a handful of solid all-around performances by Raymond who also led the team in assists and ranked ninth in the MAC, handing out 3.39 helpers per night.

Perhaps the most impressive stat in Raymond's laundry list of accomplishments is that she came within three rebounds of becoming the first player in Northern Illinois history to lead the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists all in the same season despite standing just five-feet, five inches tall. Raymond grabbed 165 boards (5.9 rpg) to finish 0.1 rebounds per game behind Jamie Wilson (Reynoldsburg, OH / Reynoldsburg) for the top spot on team charts. On the defensive glass, Raymond was one of the top rebounders in the league, placing third in the MAC with 5.18 defensive boards per game. The sophomore led NIU in rebounding 11 times including a 15-point, 12-rebound night at Toledo (Jan. 11) that earned Raymond her first point-rebound double-double.

Joining Raymond on the MAC's Third Team were Toledo's Danielle Bishop and Karin Hoogendam along with Eastern Michigan's Erica Ford and Nikki Knapp.

The First Team All-MAC squad consisted of three repeat honorees---Eastern Michigan's Ryan Coleman, Ball State's Kate Endress, and Kent State's Lindsay Shearer---as well as Kent State senior Melissa Degrate and Western Michigan sophomore Carrie Moore.

Second Team laurels went to Bowling Green sophomores Liz Honegger and Ali Mann as well as Western Michigan forward Kelly Koerber, Miami (OH) senior Cindi Merrill, and Marshall guard Sikeetha Shepard-Hall.

This year's Honorable Mention squad consisted of Marshall forward Crystal Champion, Bowling Green guard Carin Horne, Miami's Amanda Jackson, Ohio's Simone Redd, and Kent State guard Malika Willoughby.


2004-05 All-MAC Women's Basketball Teams
First Team
Name School Class Hometown
Ryan Coleman EMU Sr. Detroit, MI
Melissa Degrate KSU Sr. Amarillo, TX
Kate Endress BSU Sr. Evansville, IN
Carrie Moore WMU So. Lathrup Village, MI
Lindsay Shearer KSU Jr. Minerva, OH
Second Team
Name School Class Hometown
Liz Honegger BGSU So. Lafayette, IN
Kelly Koerber WMU Sr. Flint, MI
Ali Mann BGSU So. Chelsea, MI
Cindi Merrill MIA Jr. Noblesville, IN
Sikeetha Shepard-Hall MAR Jr. Houston, TX
Third Team
Name School Class Hometown
Danielle Bishop UT So. Laingsburg, MI
Erika Ford EMU Sr. Flushing, MI
Karin Hoogendam UT Sr. St. Catherine's Ontario
Nikki Knapp EMU Jr. Blue Springs, MO
Stephanie Raymond NIU So. Rockford, IL
Honorable Mention
Name School Class Hometown
Crystal Champion MAR So. Washington, D.C.
Carin Horne BGSU So. Lima, OH
Amanda Jackson MIA So. Springfield, OH
Simone Redd OU Fr. Warrensville Heights, OH
Malika Willoughby KSU Jr. Milwaukee, WI