April 4, 2007
Quotes from Stephanie Raymond and Carol Owens
DEKALB, Ill.-- Northern Illinois University's Stephanie Raymond was selected No. 20 overall by the Chicago Sky in the second round of the 2007 WNBA Draft. Raymond, the Huskies' floor leader and first-team All-MAC choice in 2007 is the first Huskie ever drafted by the WNBA and the only Mid-American Conference player selected in this year's draft.
"I'm very excited. It was an early childhood dream of mine to play in the league," Raymond said. "Some young girls have a dream of being a doctor or a nurse as they grow up and they end up changing their minds, but I've always wanted to play basketball. It's my life, it's like a dream come true."
"I'm so elated and so happy for Stephanie," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "She's such a role model to a lot of young girls and it's going to continue on the professional level. We always knew she was a potential pro player. From a program standpoint, we're just really happy and everybody is so happy for her. It's an awesome day for the Huskies and for Stephanie."
Raymond led the Huskies in scoring this season, averaging 18.9 points and 6.5 assists a game. She hit the 20-point plateau 14 times this season, had three double-doubles and ranked 31st in the nation is scoring. She started the season No. 17 on the Huskies all-time leading scorer's list, and finished fifth with 1,719 points. She set the Huskie record for assists in a season with 201 and leaves NIU as the Huskies single-season (90.1) and career leader (83.9) in free throw percentage.
The senior guard out of Rockford, Ill. was named to the Kraft MAC All- Tournament Team after leading NIU to the Tournament Semifinals and a 19-12 record. She averaged 20 points a game at the tournament and also was named Most Valuable Player of the Mildred and Roger L. White Tournament at Northwestern in December. She posted 30-point games against Bradley, Kansas and Toledo and earned MAC Player of the Week honors three times in 2006-07.
"I was fortunate to see her play in previous years and I was impressed by the way she plays the game," Chicago Sky head coach Bo Overton said. "Being a guard, she knows how to control the game, plus she's got a great shot. Because of this, she is a perfect piece to our team's puzzle, and if you don't guard her, she'll knock down a three."
The Sky, which plays its home games at the UIC Pavillion, opens its 2007 Season on Wednesday, May 2.