Nov. 19, 2011
Northern Illinois Huskies (1-1, 0-0 MAC) vs. Temple Owls (2-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
NIU-Temple Game Notes
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tipoff: 3:30 PM CT (Game will follow 1 PM contest between NIU and Eastern Illinois men's teams)
Location: NIU Convocation Center | DeKalb, Ill.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM DeKalb -- Andy Garcia and Ethel Gregory on the call
Live Stats: GameTracker via NIUHuskies.com
Northern Illinois continues its season-long, three-game home stand with its second all-time meeting with Temple.
A Look at Temple
The Owls finished last season with a 24-9 mark, 13-1 in Atlantic 10 play. Returning three starters and eight letterwinners, Temple is off to a 2-1 start. The Owls opened the season with a 70-36 home win over Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 11 and 72-58 win at Northeastern on Nov. 15. Temple is coming into town after a 70-66 loss at Ohio State on Friday.
Last Time Versus Temple
The two teams last met in Philadelphia on Nov. 23, 2010, and the Owls came out on top 79-56. In that contest, Temple held advantages in field goal percentage (51.7-37.8) turnovers (17-8), points off turnovesr (30-5) and points in the paint (36-22). Marke Freeman led the Huskies with 21 points. Shey Peddy led Temple with 23 points.
Double OT Thriller
In NIU's last game, the Huskies needed two overtimes to come away with a 91-84 win. The decision moved NIU to 8-2 in home openers at the NIU Convocatin Center and 34-21 overall in home openers. The game marked NIU's first two overtime game since a 102-97 win at Bowling Green on Feb. 18, 2003, that took four overtimes to decide.
Career Highs vs. Western Illinois
The Western Illinois win produced quite a few career highs for the young Huskies. Jenna Thorp had 18 points and nine rebounds. Claire Jakubicek scored 14 and grabbed eight boards. Danny Pulliam secured eight rebounds. Shaakira Haywood posted 10 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Amanda Corral totaled 10 points and seven rebounds. Alicia Johnson pulled down seven rebounds. All of which were career marks.
With their top scorer from a year ago (Marke Freeman) moving on due to graduation, the Huskies saw Ashley Sneed step up in the first game by scoring a career-high 12 points at Loyola Nov. 13. Her previous high was eight points against Illinois Chicago last Nov. 30.
Percent of Production Returning
The Huskies return seven players from last year, including three starters in Kim Davis, Danny Pulliam, and Courtney Shelton, and welcome seven newcomers. In terms of production, NIU returns 64 percent of its minutes, 49 percent of its points, 45 percent of its rebounds, 71 percent of its assists, 44 percent of its blocks, and 53 percent of its steals.
Bennett's Year 2 Success
In Year 2 of each of her three prior head coaching stops throughout her career, Bennett has posted a combined win-loss total of 44-38. Her Year 2 win total has been an increase from Year 1 in two of the three stops. Indiana was the only place she did not have an increase, as she led the Hoosiers to 17 wins after totaling 20 in her first season in Bloomington.
Throughout her career, Bennett has faced all 23 of NIU's 2011-12 opponents and holds a 44-38 record against them.
Bennett Wins in Land of Lincoln
During her career, Bennett has faced an opponent from the state of Illinois on 50 occasions and has a 29-21 record.
NIU Picked to Finish 4th in MAC West
The Mid-American Conference coaches and select media chose the Huskies to finish fourth in the West Division this year in the MAC Preseason Poll.
Huskies Ink Three on Signing Day
On signing day on Nov. 9, NIU received National Letters of Intent from forward McKenzie Hoelmenn (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North), guard Alexis Lindstrom (Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove), and forward Nichole Wittman (Hutchinson, Minn./Hutchinson), Hoelmenn is Max Preps' No. 3 player from Minnesota and No. 87 player in the nation. Max Preps ranks Wittman and Lindstrom No. 41 and No. 133 in their respective states.
For the fourth straight year, NIU's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) topped the 80 percent mark. With an 82 percent GSR, the Huskies sit two points above the four-class national average. The women's basketball team is one of four NIU programs to post a perfect 100 percent GSR as every freshman and transfer student-athlete who entered NIU between 2001-04 graduated.
NIU on TV
On Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, NIU's 1 PM CT contest at Eastern Michigan will be televised by the Mid-American Conference's regional cable partner SportsTime Ohio. The game will be NIU's only scheduled regular season TV appearance.
On the Air
Every NIU basketball game of the 2011-12 season can be heard on the Northern Illinois Sports Network, Presented by IMG. Women's games home and away can be heard on 1360-AM WLBK and Huskie All-Access at NIUHuskies.com. Home games can also be watched live through Huskie All-Access.
Up Next for NIU
The Huskies return to the NIU Convocation Center Wednesday, Nov. 23, to host Bradley at 7 PM CT.