Nov. 22, 2011
Northern Illinois Huskies (2-1, 0-0 MAC) vs. Bradley Braves (3-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
NIU-Bradley Game Notes
Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tipoff: 7:00 PM CT
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 ends its season-long, three-game home stand with its 13th all-time meeting with Bradley.
A Look at Bradley
The Braves finished last season with a 15-16 mark, 7-11 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Returning four starters and 10 letterwinners, Bradley is off to a 3-2 start. The Braves are coming off a 2-1 performance at the Winthrop Classic. They opened with a 71-61 win against Winthrop, lost 73-63 to Stetson, and closed with a 68-43 win over Niagara.
Last Time Versus Bradley
The two teams last met in Peoria, Ill., on Dec. 18, 2010, and the Braves came out on top 57-48. In that contest, Bradley went 16-for-19 from the free throw line and used a late 11-4 run to take a 41-36 lead that it would never give back. Marke Freeman led the Huskies with 11 points. Katie Yohn led Bradley with 15 points.
Since allowing Loyola to shoot above 50 percent in the first game, the Huskies have held Western Illinois and Temple to under 40 percent shooting to earn back-to-back wins. Since coming to NIU, Bennett is 10-7 when holding opponents to less than 40 percent shooting.
An indication of a deep team, the Huskie bench has been outstanding through the early part of this season. NIU owns a 77-32 edge in points off the bench over its opponents.
Double-Double on the Marke
Amanda Corral's 16-point, 10-rebound double-double against Temple was the first by an NIU guard since last year's leading scorer Marke Freeman poured in 23 points and 17 boards in a 56-48 win at Ohio on Jan. 1, 2011.
Offensive Rebound Hound
Kim Davis is fifth on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.0 per game, but she leads the team with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game. Of her 15 total boards, 10 have come on the offensive end.
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 45-38 record against them.
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 head downstate to Normal, Ill., to face Illinois State on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 4 PM CT.