Nov. 11, 2007
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DEKALB, Ill. - After opening the 2007-08 season with a 54-48 victory over Bradley at home, the Northern Illinois University women's basketball team (1-0) hits the road for the first time this season when it heads to Chicago to take on Chicago State Monday at 7 p.m.
The Huskies are riding an eight-game winning streak over Chicago State and enjoy an 8-2 all-time advantage over Cougars. During the current streak, the Huskies' average margin of victory has been 35.5 points. The Huskies won last season's contest 73-46 Nov. 28, 2007 in the Convocation Center.
Whitney Lowe (Bushnell, Ill./Prairie City) and Kylie York (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) each scored 11 points in last year's game, while Becky Smith added six. The last Cougar victory came Mar. 4, 1976 when Chicago State posted a 58-46 victory over NIU.
In Friday night's win, Aileen Rossouw (Plano, Texas/Plano) and Ebony Ellis (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) impressed in their first games as a Huskie. Rossouw, who made her first start as a Huskie, scored 14 points, while Ebony Ellis, who made her first appearance as a Huskie, grabbed 11 rebounds. Chicago State comes into Monday's action in search of its first victory of 2007-08. The Cougars dropped their season opener to UW-Milwaukee, 88-76.
With six new faces in the Huskie line up, NIU head coach Carol Owens recognizes the importance of all five Huskies on the floor to work together.
"We have a lot of new players," Owens said. "Getting them to gel is important and that's our goal is. It's something we'll have to work on throughout the season."
In addition to her 14 points, Rossouw had six steals against Bradley. York continues to be the Huskies' three-point threat. She went 4-10 from the field against the Braves with all four of her field goals coming from three-point territory. She finished the game with 12 points.