Nov. 17, 2008
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DEKALB, Ill.-The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team heads out on a four-game road trip when the Huskies travel to Macomb, Ill. to face Western Illinois Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
The Huskies (0-1) look to rebound from a 72-58 loss to IUPUI in the season opener Friday night in the Convocation Center. Sophomore Ebony Ellis (Joliet, Ill/Joliet Township) posted her first double-double of the season, and the third of her career, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Marke Freeman (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) led the way for the Huskies scoring a team-high 16 points.
Western Illinois (1-0) won its season opener, 70-53, over Robert Morris College. The Westerwinds had four players finish in double figures, with Nicole Myers leading the way with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Lindsey Wutt and Jordan O'Brien followed with each contributing 13 points.
"They're a high scoring team," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "They can shoot the three-ball very well so we'll have to defend the perimeter. They're guards are always looking to score. We have to be mindful of that."
Northern Illinois leads the all-time series, 22-15 and have won the last two meetings, both in DeKalb, Ill. Western Illinois has won the last four contests in Macomb. The last game at Western was a 50-34 victory by the Westerwinds (Nov. 20, 2005).
NIU won the last meeting between the two last season in dramatic fashion when Shari' Welton scored the game-winning basket with three seconds left to play to give the Huskies a 60-59 victory over Western Illinois in the Convocation Center (Nov. 15, 2007).
Kylie York missed a three-pointer in the corner, but Welton was right there for the rebound and the put back. Welton's game-winning rebound and shot topped her first career double-double as a Huskie, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, but the Huskies were led by Wilcox' 23-point performance.
When the Huskies return home from Macomb, they leave the following night for the Seton Hall Classic Nov. 21-22. NIU opens the tournament with UMBC Friday night at 7 p.m. Central and will play either Seton Hall or Wagner. The road trip concludes Nov. 25 at Bradley.