Huskies Head Back to Wisconsin for Showdown with Badgers

GO HUSKIES Freshman Ally Lehman
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Nov. 16, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois64
Wisconsin70
December 7, 2008
Madison, Wis.

Northern Illinois (1-1) vs. Wisconsin (2-0)
Sunday, November 17 | 2 p.m. | Kohl Center
Radio: NIUHuskies.com (NIUtube)
Play-by-Play: Andy Garcia
Twitter: @NIUscores | Live Stats: UWBadgers.com

HUSKIES RETURN TO WISCONSIN
Northern Illinois University will head to Wisconsin for the second time this season as the Huskies take on the University of Wisconsin at the Kohl Center Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. NIU opened the season at Green Bay. The Huskies trail the all-time series with UW, 8-5, last playing the Badgers in 2008 (L,70-64). The Huskies last defeated the Badgers Nov. 23. 2--3, 68-65. The last five contests between NIU and UW have been decided by a combined 13.

BENNETT AGAINST THE BIG TEN
At the helm of Northern Illinois, Head Coach Kathi Bennett is an even 1-3, earning the lone victory over Indiana in 2011.

NIU ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BIG TEN
The Huskies are 47-70 all-time against teams in the Big Ten. Northern Illinois leads series against Illinois (14-12) and Michigan State (3-2) and hold an even record against Indian (2-2).

HUSKIE-BADGER TIES
Head Coach Kathi Bennett made her return to college coaching in 2008-09 as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, where she held that position for three seasons before becoming the head coach at NIU in 2010-11.

Latrell Fleming was recruited to play at Wisconsin by Bennett’s father, Dick, who served as the head coach of the men’s program from 1995-2000. Fleming’s career abruptly ended before it started as he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disorder generally characterized by the enlargement of the heart muscle and the thickening of the walls of the left ventricle. He served as a student assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2001-06.

Northern Illinois Graduate Assistant Coach Anya Covington played four seasons at Wisconsin (2009-12), where she was twice named a team captain and was honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior. She also earned the Big Ten’s Sportsmanship Award twice.

Redshirt junior Lacia Gorman began her career at Wisconsin in 2010-11, where she appeared in 27 games with one start. She transferred to NIU last season and sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. She will miss the 2013-14 season due to injury.

Bennett’s father, Dick, was the former head coach of the Badgers from 1995-2000, leading UW to the Final Four in 2000.

WISCONSINITES HOMECOMING
Three NIU players, Amber Gray (Mukwonago), Jazmine Harris (West Allis) and Alexis Lindstrom Howards Grove), will all be returning to their home state Sunday as they take on Wisconsin. Head Coach Kathi Bennett (Stevens Point) and Assistant Coaches Latrell Fleming (Milwaukee) and Debbie Whitman (Wisconsin Rapids) are also making a homecoming as well.

LAST TIME OUT
Northern Illinois University played its home opener Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the NIU Convocation Center against Mississippi Valley State. The Huskies came out strong on their home court as it outrebounded the Devilettes in the contest, 51-33, and jumped out to a 40-21 lead at halftime. NIU would lead MVSU by as much as 31 points in the contest as four Huskies reached double-digit figures in scoring.

Junior Natecia Augusta blazed the Huskies trail as she recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She was a flawless 7-for-7 at the free throw line. Classmate Amanda Corral and senior

Ashley Sneed each added 14 points, with Sneed tying her career high in scoring and setting a new high from the field with a 7-for-11 (.636) performance. Alexis Lindstrom rounded out the quartet with 10 points.

BENNETT AGAINST FORMER EMPLOYERS
Under Head Coach Kathi Bennett, Northern Illinois is 1-0 against a former employer of Bennett’s. On Dec. 17, 2011, the Huskies defeated Indiana at Assembly Hall, 60-59, as Courtney Shelton (2008-12) hit a game-winning three pointer with nine seconds left.

SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Wisconsin is 2-0 so far this season with a win over Drake in the season opener Nov. 10, 66-41, and a road win at Milwaukee Nov. 14, 85-60. The Badgers are outscoring their opponents a combined 75.5-50.5 in 2013-14.

In the season and home opener against the Bulldogs, three UW scorers reached double figures with Dakota Whyte pacing Wisconsin with 18. In the post, Michala Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in her first game for the Badgers after transferring from Connecticut.

Last Thursday against the Panthers, Johnson paced Wisconsin with 21 points in a 10-for-17 (.588) performance from the field. Four other scorers reached double figures in the game, including Nicole Bauman off the bench (10 points). Starters Jacki Gulczynski and Taylor Wurtz each recorded a double-double in the contest as Gulczynski dropped 14 points and rebounded 13, while Wurtz, a guard, scored 13 and grabbed 10 boards.

Three of Wisconsin’s scorers are averaging 10-or-more points per game with Johnson pacing UW with 18.5 points per game with 10 boards per contest as well.

COACH BENNETT ON THE BADGERS
“Wisconsin is a very good team, they’re a veteran team. They return Taylor Wurtz, who had to sit with a back injury last year and they have great size so for us it’s an awesome challenge to go in to the Kohl Center and play without fear and get after it.”

Head Coach Kathi Bennett is in her fourth season with the Huskies, after previously serving as a Head Coach at Marycrest, Wisconsin-OshKosh, Evansville and Indiana and as an Assistant Coach at Wisconsin. She owns a career record of 331-235 as a head coach and won the 1996 Division III National Championship with UW-OshKosh, en route to WBCA Coach of the Year honors.

POSTED UP
Junior Natecia Augusta had a career night in NIU’s 2013-14 home opener against Mississippi Valley State as she accounted for 17 points, 11 rebounds and a steal, registering her first career double-double. She was 5-for-6 from the field to improve her season field goal percentage to .857 (7-for-8) and was also was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR OPPORTUNITIES
Northern Illinois has taken advantage of its time at the free throw line through two games this season as NIU is a combined 24-for-35 (.686) at the charity stripe, compared to the Huskies opponents mark of 21-of-39 (.538).

OK CORRAL
Junior Amanda Corral has been the Huskies most-consistent scorer since her arrival in 2011-12 at Northern Illinois University. In 62 career games played, Corral has reached double-digits in scoring 40 times (.645). The Hobart, Ind. native has averaged 11.4 points in her NIU career, ranking her 19th all-time at NIU. The junior also has three career double-doubles. So far this season, Corral scored 12 points at Green Bay and accounted for 14 versus MVSU.

A MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
Senior Alicia Johnson has been one of the Huskies top-performers at the free throw line in her four years at Northern Illinois and is 10-for-10 through two games this season. On November 8 at Green Bay, Johnson was 6-for-6 in front of the Phoenix student section. Against Mississippi Valley State last Tuesday, Johnson was 4-for-4 at the line. As a junior in 2012-13, she was 9-for-10 at the charity stripe. Johnson has made 24 of her last 25 attempts at the free throw line (.960) and owns a .756 career free throw percentage.

AUGUSTA IS GOOD ON THE LINE
Junior Natecia Augusta is a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line this season, second on the team behind Alicia Johnson’s 10-for-10 clip. In her Northern Illinois career, Augusta owns a career free throw percentage of .782 (79-101), currently ranking her 12th all-time in the all-time annals at NIU.

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE
The Huskies capitalized on their missed shots last Tuesday against the Devilettes, grabbing 21 offensive rebounds in the game, which resulted in 29 second chance points. While NIU gained six offensive boards as a team, junior Alex Dumoulin paced the Huskies with four offensive rebounds in the game.

CAUSE AND EFFECT
It doesn’t take fluency in “Coach Speak” to know that limiting the number of turnovers committed can help you win a game. Versus MVSU, NIU only turned the ball over seven times and allowed four points off of those turnovers. The Huskie defense on the other hand forced the Devilettes to turn the ball over 12 times and accounted for 16 points off of turnovers in the effort. Northern Illinois would defeat Mississippi Valley State, 79-60.

SNEED SETS NEW STANDARDS
Senior Ashley Sneed had a career night against Mississippi Valley State as she was 7-for-11 from the field with 14 points, setting a new personal best for field goals and tying her career high in points scored. Sneed created her chances off the ball, on the drive and with defensive pressure on her in the mid-range.

NOT A BAD FIRST START
Freshman guard Ally Lehman earned her first career start versus the Devilettes last Tuesday and had a solid all-around performance. She scored nine points in the effort with four assists, four rebounds and zero turnovers in 30 minutes of play.

STRONG DOWN LOW
As team thus far, the Huskies have been strong on the boards as they have outrebounded their opponents, 41-37. In their loss at Green Bay, NIU accounted for 31 boards and improved its output in the home-opener with 51 rebound performance against Mississippi Valley State.

QUIETLY MAKING NOISE
Not too soft, not too loud, just enough to draw a crowd. Sophomore Alexis Lindstrom has started both
games for the Huskies this season and has made two three-point baskets in each of those contests to lead Northern Illinois in three point field goals made. The Howards Grove, Wis. native accounted for 10 points in 25 minutes of play against the Devilettes last Tuesday to reach double-digit scoring figures for the fifth time in her career. Lindstrom led the Mid-American Conference last season in three point field goal percentage with a mark of .425.

FRESHMEN JUMPING RIGHT IN
Thanks in part to the NCAA’s new rule, allowing newcomers to work out with the team in the summer, the
Huskies welcomed four freshmen to campus. Three of those freshmen, Amber Gray, Jazmine Harris and Ally Lehman, got their first taste of collegiate basketball last Saturday versus Lewis. Lehman scored 10 points in the first half of the game on four field goals and two free throws. Harris added three points to the Huskies tally of 76 points.

Gray, Harris and Lehman all played at Green Bay. Harris played in 16 minutes, while Lehman appeared in 27 minutes. Classmate Caroline Kelty made her collegiate debut in the win versus Mississippi Valley State.

BACK IN HER COMFORT ZONE
After spending time the last two seasons at point guard, junior Amanda Corral is back at her natural position of shooting guard. Injuries at various points over the last two seasons forced Corral to run the point. Despite being out of position, the Hobart, Ind. native averaged 12.7 points, 2.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game in 2012-13.

AN ALL AROUND PLAYER
Amanda Corral led the Huskies in points, rebounds and assists per game last season, only one-of-two players in the Mid-American Conference last season to do so and is the only returning player in the MAC to accomplish that feat in 2013-14. She averaged 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 helpers per game. Kent State’s Tamzin Barroilhet also led her team in the aforementioned categories last season.

DUMOULIN’S IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
Junior Natecia Augusta started in the post for the Huskies at Green Bay, but unfortunately found herself in foul trouble early in the game, and eventually, fouled out of the contest in the second half. Classmate Alex Dumoulin stepped in for Augusta in the post and collected eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one block in her effort. What makes her performance so remarkable was the fact that she had only practiced on Nov. 8 as she had just been cleared for practice due to a hand injury, suffered early during the preseason. She followed up with another eight point performance off the bench against MVSU in 16 minutes played with six boards, four offensive.

MEET Alex Dumoulin  
Junior transfer Alex Dumoulin is used to being a member of a team as she is one of 10 children in her family, six girls and four boys. Dumoulin grew up playing basketball with her siblings and other children that worked on the family farm in Hampshire, Ill. The forward was an all-american at Elgin Community College and grew up playing on the same team with her older sister, Cassie, who also played basketball at Elgin and was an all-american. She went on to play at Illinois.

FOLLOW THE HUSKIES ALL SEASON LONG
Northern Illinois women’s basketball can be followed in a myriad of ways throughout the season. Audio of all of NIU’s games will be available for fans to listen to live and on on-demand (subscription required). Play-by-play man Andy Garcia, now in his third year, will be on the call for all of NIU’s games this season and is joined by former Huskie assistant coach Ethel Gregory during home games. Fans can also follow the team on Facebook and Twitter. Like “NIU Huskies” on Facebook and follow @GoHuskiesWBB and @NIUathletics on Twitter. Gameday updates and scores from all women’s basketball games can be followed on Twitter @NIUscores.

NEXT UP
The Huskies will return to their friendly confines for a Thursday night matchup Nov. 21 against Bradley. Tipoff between NIU and the Braves will commence at 7 p.m.