Nov. 22, 2009
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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team returns home for the third of eight match-ups against in-state rivals this season, as the Huskies host Southern Illinois, Sunday at 1 p.m. in game one of an NIU basketball double-header. The men's team tips-off against Southeast Missouri at 3:30 p.m.
In 22 games played dating back to the 1958-59 season, the Huskies and Salukis are dead even, each winning 11 games each. Lately, things have gone the way of the Cardinal and Black, with NIU winning the last two and seven of the last eight match-ups with their collegiate cousins.
In DeKalb, Northern Illinois holds a 5-3 advantage, and the Huskies are the winners of the last four at home.
LAST TIME AGAINST SIU
After trailing for a majority of the game, the Northern Illinois women's basketball team surged late in the second half to claim a 67-55 victory over Southern Illinois at SIU Arena.
With the game knotted, 45-45, Kylie York hit the first of her three treys in the final six minutes, giving NIU its largest lead of the game.
After a jumper from SIU's Katrina Swingler, senior Jessie Wilcox made a three to increase the Huskie lead to six. Then, York finished off the Salukis with back-to-back threes, putting NIU up 59-51 with 2:09 to go.
The Huskies outscored the Salukis 43-30 in the second half, led by York, who scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the final period. After going 3-11 in the first half from the arc, NIU went 5-8 in the second half en route to victory.
ON THE SALUKIS
Southern Illinois enters the match-up with an 0-2 record after losing their season opener to Saint Louis, 71-45, and falling the No. 18/22 Vanderbilt at home 90-64.
SIU is in its first season on under head coach Missy Tiber, who had spent the last four seasons at NCAA Division II member Tusculum. She coached the four seasons prior to that at Belmont Abbey College. Now in her ninth season as a head coach, Tiber holds a 167-72 career record, but is yet to find her first win at the Division I level.
Freshman guard Teri Oliver leads the Salukis with 13 points per game. She has tag-teamed with the inside presence of Stephany Neptune, who is averaging 10.0 points per contest to provide nearly half of Southern Illinois' 45.5 points per 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.
TRIPLE 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. Thursday night, she dropped a career-high 20 points on IUPUI with 11 boards.
MORE ON DOUBLE DIPS
The frontcourt combination of Ebony Ellis and Mauvolyene Adams has totaled five double-doubles in three games this season. Adams has one in each game, while Ellis registered at least 10 and 10 in both the Bradley game and the IUPUI contest.
In the Mid-American Conference, there has been no frontcourt so dominant as Ebony Ellis and Mauvolyene Adams. The two are the only pair in the conference to rank in the top-10 in both rebounding and scoring. Adams and Ellis are tied for seventh in point production with 16.3 per game. Ellis is second in rebounds with 13.0 rebounds per game, while Adams sits one slot back in third, averaging 11.7 boards.
HAYWOOD YA BLOCK A SHOT?
Freshman forward Shaakira Haywood has wasted no time making herself known to players who venture into the paint. Haywood ranks first in the MAC in blocked shots with five. The rookie swatted three attempts from Western Illinois, and blocked consecutive tries by IUPUI.
MOST IMPROVED HUSKIE
After playing in just 13 games her freshman season, averaging 3.5 minutes per appearance, Courtney Shelton has broken out in her sophomore season. Shelton earned a place in the starting line-up with her preseason play, and now ranks fourth on the team in points (6.3) and minutes per game (26.0).
In the first week of play, Ebony Ellis garnered MAC West Player of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds as the Huskies made cowards of the Bradley Braves in a 86-73 win.