Nov. 18, 2009
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DeKALB - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season, as the Huskies face IUPUI Thursday at 6 p.m. (CST) at The Jungle in Indianapolis.
The Huskies will try to bounce back from a difficult shooting night against Western Illinois. NIU hit just 1-of-15 three-pointers in a 50-48 loss.
Northern Illinois has faced the Jaguars (1-1) four times in program history. After winning the initial match-up, the Huskies have lost the last three.
Northern Illinois will be looking for another strong effort from Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week Ebony Ellis, who leads the team wit h18.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST IUPUI
NIU last faced the Jaguars in the 2008-09 season-opener. IUPUI led most of the way, as the held Northern Illinois to 25 percent shooting (4-of-16) from three, and 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the field.
Playing in her first game as a Huskie, Marke Freeman led the team with 16 points, including three treys, to go with six rebounds and three assists. Ebony Ellis added a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Jaguars countered with now-graduated Jernisha Cann, who poured in 23 points, 11 of which came at the line. Cann also contributed eight rebounds and two assists. The top returning Jaguar scorer was Janna Eichelberger, who hit 6-of-9 shots with three from behind the arc to score 15.
ON THE JAGUARS
IUPUI has suffered two losses to open the season, and will play its home opener Thursday night against the Huskies. The Jaguars lost a 14-point decision at Akron, then traveled to Bloomington, Ind. where they dropped a 75-52 decision to Indiana.
Redshirt freshman Kerah Nelson has been leading the Jaguars in place of injured First Team All-Summit League selection Julia Whitted, who is listed as a gametime decision. Nelson has filled in by leading the team with 14 points per game, including a career-high 21 in the loss to the Hoosiers. Junior Jessica Huffman has also been a major contributor early on, contributing an average 10 points and 3.5 rebounds over the first two contests.
Thursday night's game could come down to a battle of the boards, as IUPUI has outrebounded its opponents in each of its two first games. The Huskies were outrebounded by just two in their win over Bradley, and pulled down more boards than Western Illinois in Tuesday night's game.
ON THE AIR
Every NIU basketball game of the 2009-10 season can be head on the Northern Illinois ISP Sports Radio Network. Women's games can be heard on 1360-AM WLBK and Huskie All-Access at www.niuhuskies.com. Fans can sign up for Huskie All-Access, which includes streaming video of all home NIU football and basketball games, for just $6.95 per month, or $49.95 per year.
DOUBLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior forward Mauvolyene Adams tallied the first double-double of her career with an 18-points, 11-rebound effort against Bradley. For an encore, Adams pulled down 13 boards to go with 11 points against Western Illinois.
WHO'S AFRAID OF FRIDAY THE 13th?
Certainly not the Huskies, who scored 86 points in a 13-point win over Bradley, Friday, Nov. 13. Three players tallied career scoring highs against the Braves. Marke Freeman poured in 21 on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 scoring from the free throw line. Ebony Ellis totaled 22 points. Courtney Shelton added a career-best seven.
ONE, TWO, SKIP A FEW, 99...
Junior point guard Marke Freeman passed the 100-assist milestone for her career in the Bradley game. The junior totaled 99 dimes in her first year, and six this season for 105 total career assists.
COMING HOME AGAIN
Senior Kylie York will be playing in her hometown. York played high school basketball at Hamilton Southeastern in Fishers, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis.
UNO, DOS, TREYS
Kylie York, the lone senior for the Huskies, is poised to become the top three-point shooter in school history. York has totaled 204 career treys, just 17 short of school record holder Denise Dove, who hit 221 from 1987-91. York holds the second and third slot for threes in a season. She hit 77 at a sophomore, and knocked down 76 last season.
With Marke Freeman scoring a career-high 21, and Ebony Ellis tallying a career-high 22 points in the Bradley win, two Huskie players scored 20 or more points for the first time since Feb. 3, 2007. That day, three Huskies put up at least 20, as Jessie Wilcox scored 24, Stephanie Raymond tallied 23 and Kristin Wiener had 21 in an 82-70 win over Miami (OH) in DeKalb.
ILLINOIS ON MY MIND
The Huskies are coming off their second of eight games this year against in-state teams. The total is the most in-state foes since 2006-07, when NIU also faced eight Prairie State rivals, beating six. Northern Illinois is currently 1-1 against Illinois teams, with a win over Bradley and a loss to Western Illinois.