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March 7, 2007
CLEVELAND - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team will get its second look at Ball State in as many weeks when the Huskies face the MAC West No. 1 seed Cardinals in the semifinals of the 2007 Kraft MAC Women's Basketball Tournament Friday at the Quicken Loans Arena. Tip off is 11 a.m. CST.
Friday's game will be televised locally on Comcast Sportsnet. You can listen to Friday's game live on WBLK 1360 AM. Bill Baker will have the call. You can also follow the game via live stats by clicking on the schedule portion of the women's basketball page on niuhuskies.com.
"Ball State is a really good team," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "They have Julie DeMuth on the inside and Kelsey Corbin is a really good point guard. They have Porchia Green on the perimeter. We have to make some adjustments from when we played the last time. Overall, right now in the conference tournament, anybody can win."
The Huskies advanced to the semifinals on the strength of their three-point shooting. During a 4:30 stretch, spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, the Huskies hit six field goals, all three-pointers, taking 44-32 lead with 18:35 left to play. The Huskies went 9-23 from beyond the arc for the game. Stephanie Raymond scored a team-high 25 points in the 72-68 win.
With back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 30 (IPFW) and Feb. 3 (Miami [OH]), the Huskies are playing some of their best basketball right now. Raymond is averaging 18.5 points in the tournament, while Kristin Wiener averages 15.5 points in last two games. She posted her ninth double-double of the season in the win over Kent State.
This is the first time the Huskies have advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament since the 2001-02 season. The Huskies faced Ball State in the semis five years ago, losing to the Cardinals, 77-59. Ball State leads the all-time series 18-13, winning the last seven meetings.
With a victory over Ball State, the Huskies will face the winner of Friday's Eastern Michigan/Bowling Green game. The championship game will be Saturday at noon CST.