Huskies Open 2013 First Energy MAC Women's Basketball Tournament at Buffalo

GO HUSKIES Amanda Corral leads the Huskies in scoring averaging 12.9 points a game in in rebounding with 4.9 boards a game.
Amanda Corral leads the Huskies in scoring averaging 12.9 points a game in in rebounding with 4.9 boards a game.

March 8, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. -The No. 10 seed Northern Illinois University women's basketball team travels to Buffalo to take on the No. 7 seed Bulls in the first round of the 2013 First Energy Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. Central Time. Fans can listen to all the action live via Huskie All-Access on

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois53
January 10, 2013
Buffalo, N.Y.
Huskies Lose 60-53 at Buffalo in MAC Opener
In the start of the 16-game Mid-American Conference schedule, Northern Illinois fell 60-53 to Buffalo at Alumni Arena on Thursday night. The win for the Bulls (3-11, 1-0 MAC) marked the first for them against the Huskies (5-9, 0-1 MAC) at home in the all-time series. Previously, NIU was 6-0 in Buffalo as the Huskies owned a 13-3 edge in the series entering the game.

Game Info Date: Saturday, March 9
Tip-Off: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
Arena: Alumni Arena
TV: None
Live Stats:
Radio: Huskie All-Access
Series:NIU, 13-4

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 7-22, 2-14 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-9 | 3-12 | 2-1
Last Game: L, 58-50 at W. Michigan
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 330-233 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 34-56 (3rd year)
Record vs. UB:1-2

Buffalo Info
2012-13 Record: 10-19, 8-8 MAC
Home/Away/Neutral: 5-9 | 5-9 | 0-1
Last Game: L, 77-60 vs. Akron
Head Coach: Felisha Legette-Jack
Career Record: 10-19 (1st year)
Record at UB: 10-19 (1st year)
Record vs. NIU:1-0

-- Northern Illinois is making its second visit to Buffalo's Alumni Arena this season for its first round game in the 2013 First Energy Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. It will be the third meeting between the two schools in the MAC Tournament. The tournament series is tied, 1-1.

-- Northern Illinois leads the overall series, 13-4, and the two teams have split the last four meetings. Buffalo has won the last two contests, including a 60-53 victory Jan. 10, 2013 at Alumni Arena. The Huskies are 6-1 against the Bulls in Buffalo. NIU's last win at Buffalo came Feb. 12, 2011 when the Huskies defeated Buffalo, 61-53, in overtime.

-- The Huskies enter 2013 First Energy Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament looking to surpass last season's run in the 2012 MAC Tournament. NIU defeated Western Michigan in its first round to advance to Cleveland. The Huskies beat Akron in their second round game, before falling to Toledo in the quarterfinals.

The Match-Up
NIU continues its 56th season with its 18th meeting against Buffalo. The Bulls took the last meeting, 60-53, at Buffalo. The last Huskie victory in the series came Feb. 12, 2011 when NIU scored a 61-53 overtime win at UB's Alumni Arena. The two teams have split the last four meeting with Buffalo, winning the last two games. Northern Illinois won eight straight games from 2002-09 before Buffalo snapped the winning streak with a 57-52 in the 2009 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament.

Scouting Buffalo
Buffalo (10-19, 8-8) enters Saturday night's game having split their last six games. The Bulls dropped their last contest, a 77-60 decision to Akron at home Wednesday night. Cassidy Thornton leads the Bulls in scoring, averaging 11.5 points a game, while Christa Baccas leads UB in rebounding with 8.5 boards a game.

Last Meeting
Buffalo posted its first home victory over Northern Illinois in series history with a 60-53 win over the Huskies in the 2013 conference opener for both teams. The Bulls converted 20 NIU turnovers into 20 points and the physical play on offense gave UB a 25-8 advantage in free throws made and 34-13 edge in free throws attempted. Amanda Corralled the Huskies with a game-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high seven boards. Mackenzie Loesing scored a game-high 20 points to lead Buffalo to victory.

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.

Home Away From Home
Northern Illinois is 6-1 all time at Buffalo's Alumni Arena. The Bulls' lone home win in the series, a 60-53 win at Alumni Arena, came earlier this season.

Huskies in the MAC Tournament
Northern Illinois owns a 2-3 record in the Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament under head coach Kathi Bennett. The Huskies advanced to the quarterfinals in last year's tourney, knocking off Western Michigan in the first round and defeated Akron, 61-60, on a Kim Davisput back with six seconds left.

NIU is 11-16 overall in MAC Tournament play in 18 years (1983-86, 1998-2012) and is 1-1 versus Buffalo in tournament play. NIU advanced to the championship game in 1982, falling to Miami, 58-56.

NIU vs. Buffalo in MAC Tournament
Northern Illinois and Buffalo have met in the Mid-American Conference twice before with each team winning a game. NIU scored a 56-41 win Mar. 2, 2002 in DeKalb, while Buffalo took the last meeting, 57-52, Mar. 11, 2009 in the first round of the 2009 MAC Women's Basketball at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Turning It Up At Tournament Time
Amanda Corralis averaging 16 points in her three-game tournament career. She scored a career-high 21 points in NIU's 68-51 victory over Western Michigan (Mar. 3, 2012) in the first round of the 2012 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament. She scored 14 against Akron in the second round game and 13 in the quarterfinals.

Double Trouble
Amanda Corralposted her first double-double of the season and third of her career when she scored 18 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, both game highs. It was her first double-double since Dec. 17, 2011 when she scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in NIU's 60-59 win over Indiana.

Corral Career High
The team's leading rebounder averaging 4.9 points a game, Amanda Corralhauled in a career-high 12 rebounds In NIU's 58-50 setback at Western Michigan Mar. 6, 2013. The 5-6 guard's previous high was 10, which she accomplished three times, the last coming at Indiana Dec. 17, 2011.

Corral-ing Points
Amanda Corralhas tallied her 22nd double-digit scoring efforts in 28 games this season scoring a team-high 18 points against Western Michigan (Mar. 6, 2013) and is averaging 12.9 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.

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 4.5 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.

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 117 of 119 games during her four-year career, the most of any player on the Huskie roster. Haywood has played in all 29 games this season and 37 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 433-469 (.480) 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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