April 23, 2014
DeKALB, Ill. - The NIU Huskies women’s basketball team announced the addition of Eastern Illinois University transfer Katlyn Payne (St. Charles, Ill./Bishop Verot (Fla.)) Wednesday afternoon. The 5-11 redshirt senior guard, who played three seasons with the Panthers, will be available to play the 2014-15 season as she will graduate from EIU this spring as a one-time transfer. Payne will enter the public administration master’s program at Northern Illinois University this summer.
“We recruited Katlyn the first time around and didn’t get her so we’re blessed to have her this time around,” said Head Coach Kathi Bennett. “She’s a proven scorer who averaged over 37 minutes and over 40 percent from the field with 79 threes and that’s what we’re missing. She brings a great deal of experience because she’s been in a lot of game time situations and has been the go-to player on her team. As much as she’ll help us, I think we’ll be able to help her because we have other options inside and outside. Adding another proven scorer to the mix does a tremendous amount for us on the offensive end.”
“It means a lot to me to come back home and play at NIU because my family lives so close to DeKalb,” said Payne, “instead of being able to only make a couple games a year, they’ll be able to watch all of my home games.”
Payne was the Panthers second leading scorer last season, averaging 13.8 points per game in 28 starts during the 2013-14 season. She finished the year with a .415 field goal percentage, including a clip of .405 behind the three-point line on 79-of-195 shooting which ranked her second in the Ohio Valley Conference and 27th in the NCAA. The senior was also second on the squad in rebounds last season, averaging 4.6 boards per game.
The St. Charles, Ill., native scored in double-digits in 23-of-28 games played and scored 20-or-more points in four games last season with the Panthers. She set a season-high mark of 26 points at UT Martin on Jan. 27, going 9-of-18 from the field, sinking 7-of-16 three-point field goals taken to set a new school single game record for three-pointers.
Payne is one of four newcomers to the Huskie’s squad in 2014-15, joining freshmen Georgia Breunig (Sauk Prairie, Wis./Sauk Prairie), Renee Sladik (Merrill, Wis./Merrill) and Kelly Smith (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead). The Huskies, who finished 11-19 and advanced to the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, return its top-scorer and rebounders in Amanda Corral (13.5) and the duo of Natecia Augusta and Jenna Thorp (5.4), respectively.
For complete information on Payne, view her complete bio below. Follow the NIU Huskies women’s basketball team throughout the offseason on Twitter @NIUathletics and @GoHuskiesWBB.
5-11 | RS Sr.
St. Charles, Ill. (Bishop Verot (Fla.))
EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
Played three seasons at Eastern Illinois (2011-14) … Originally signed with Florida Gulf Coast in 2010 but transferred before the season began … Made 82 career appearances with 56 starts during her Panther career … Started all 28 games for EIU in 2013-14 … Totaled 648 points in three seasons, for a 7.9 point per game average … Second-leading scorer for EIU and 13th in the Ohio Valley Conference with 13.8 points per game in 2013-14 … Set the single season record at Eastern Illinois last season with 79 buckets behind the arc … Carried a .405 three-point field goal percentage while sporting a .415 field goal percentage in 2013-14 … Ranked second in the OVC and 27th in the NCAA in three-point field goal clip … Also finished 27th in three-point field goals made … Scored in double figures 23 times in 28 games in 2013-14 … Contributed 20-or-more points four times … Was 9-for-18 at UT Martin on January 27, 2014, including 7-of-16 behind the arc to score a season-high 26 points to set a school record for three-point shots made in a single game … Made at least one shot behind the arc in the first 26 games of the 2013-14 season … Named to North Florida Holiday Tournament All-Tournament team after averaging 17.5 points per game against Georgia Southern and Air Force (Dec. 20-21, 2013) … Made first career appearance for the Panthers Dec. 20, 2011 at Valparaiso … Played in all 32 games in 2012-13, making 28 starts.
Graduated from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla., where she was named the 2010 Southwest Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Miss Basketball in 2010 … Earned first team All-Area honors averaging 24.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game … Scored 554 points to be named the Fort Myers News Press Girls Basketball Area Player of the Year … Originally from Illinois playing at Fenwick High School in Oak Park during sophomore and junior seasons … Was a first team All-State selection averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals per game … As a junior, helped lead Fenwick to a 29-6 record and state sectional final … Played freshman season at St. Edward High School in Elgin averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game with all-conference and all-state honors.
Daughter of Kent and Sherry Payne … Mother played basketball at DePaul, father played professionally in Europe … Older brother, Cully, plays basketball for Loyola (IL) … Majored in political science at Eastern Illinois.