Nov. 8, 2007
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DEKALB, Ill.-The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team (0-0) opens it's 2007-08 regular season Friday night when the Huskies play host to Bradley University (0-0) at the Convocation Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
There is a lot of excitement and anticipation regarding the 2007-08 Northern Illinois University women's basketball program. The Huskies are looking to build on a very successful 2006-07 campaign that saw the Huskies post their best record in five years and advance to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament since 2002. The Huskies also made history last year when Stephanie Raymond was selected 20th overall by the Chicago Sky. Starting off the season at home just adds to the excitement
"You don't know what to expect, it's so early in the season," said NIU head coach Carol Owens. "We don't have a lot of tape on each other this year. We can only go by last year's stats. We're excited about starting at home this year."
Northern Illinois leads the all-time series with Bradley 5-3 and has won two of the last three meetings. The Huskies defeated the Braves, 85-75, in Peoria Dec. 17, 2006. The Huskies were led Raymond, who scored a career-high 30 points in the contest, and Kristin Wiener who dropped in 24. The last Bradley victory came Dec. 21, 2003 when the Braves edged out NIU 53-48 in Peoria. This is the first time the two will meet in DeKalb since Dec. 20, 2003. The Huskies won that contest 62-59.
As in the past, rebounding and taking care of the ball will be key to the Huskies success in 2007-08. If the exhibition game is any indication, rebounding will once again be a strongpoint of NIU. The Huskies outrebounded Robert Morris, 56-28.
"We're always going to continue to work on our rebounding and continue to work on our offensive execution which will help us in terms of taking care of the ball," Owens said. "With six new people you're learning each other. It doesn't happen over night. As coaches we have to continue to team and be patient."
November is Toys for Tots month at all NIU men and women's basketball and volleyball home games. Any fan that donates a new unwrapped toy will receive $1.00 admission. Friday NIU will honor the United States Marine Corps with a special toy drop. To participate, bring a stuffed animal plush doll to toss onto the court at halftime. For tickets, contact the NIU ticket office at 815-752-6800 or log on to www.niuhuskies.com.