Nov. 12, 2009
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DeKALB - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team tips-off the 2009-10 season against Bradley Friday night at the Convocation Center.
The match-up pits the Prairie State rivals for just the 11th time. Northern Illinois holds a 6-4 edge in the all-time series, and has won the last two match-ups in DeKalb. Fans can get in to the game, which starts at 7 p.m., for just one dollar by bringing their ticket stub from Thursday's NIU-Ball State football game.
Head coach Carol Owens opens up her fifth season at the helm of the Huskies. Owens, a 1995 Huskie Hall of Fame Inductee from her playing days at NIU, has compiled a 56-62 record over her first four seasons, including a dead even 31-31 mark in conference play.
The Huskies are coming off a solid 85-66 exhibition win over Lewis. Forward Mauvolyene Adams scored 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, while junior guard Marke Freeman poured in 21, including 15 in the second half. Northern Illinois shot 58.1 percent (18-of-31) in the second half, and held Lewis to just 11.1 percent (1-of-9) shooting from behind the arc.
Freeman is one of two All Mid-American Conference selections returning for the Huskies. Junior forward Ebony Ellis earned All-MAC Honorable Mention accolades, and is one of three returning players in the conference to average more than eight points and nine rebounds per game.
Bradley played two exhibition games, winning both. The Braves also defeated Lewis, winning by a 93-62 margin, and defeated Great Lakes Valley Conference favorite Quincy 85-65. Forward Sonya Harris averaged 15 points and eight rebounds over the two games. Harris is a key returner for the Braves after averaging 9.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest last year while shooting 48 percent from the field.
Friday's game tips-off the 20th anniversary season of Northern Illinois' first NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1989-90 team was led by none other than Owens, who averaged 21.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game that year. The Huskies finished the season 25-6, the best record in Northern Illinois history.
The Bradley match-up is the first of back-to-back home games to open the year for NIU. The Huskies will host Western Illinois Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center before playing their first road game of the year two days later at IUPUI.