Nov. 24, 2007
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DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team returns to the States after competing in the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico this past week. The Huskies (2-3) continue their road trip when they head to Chicago to take on the Flames of UIC (2-2) Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.
"It's a road game and all road games are tough," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "We just came back from being on the road. I thought it was a great experience for us. UIC has some size. They have some guards that can shoot the three. We have to contain. We have to play good defense. Overall, we're a good defensive team."
NIU went 0-2 down in Cancun, falling to No. 17/18 Michigan State and Tulane. Sunday, the Huskies face a more familiar foe in UIC. The two faced off last season, also in Chicago, when the Flames snapped the Huskies five-game losing streak, defeating NIU, 80-62. The Huskies lead the all-time series 24-12 with the last NIU victory coming Dec. 2, 2005 when the Huskies beat UIC 51-40 at the Convocation Center.
UIC comes into Sunday's game after defeating Eastern Illinois, 62-58, at home. The Flames are 2-0 at home, with their other victory coming against Northwestern, a 53-45 decision. The Huskies will be looking for their first road win, having dropped their three road games this season.
Sophomore Kylie York (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) has backed up her impressive freshman season with a fast start in her second season with the Huskies. She's started three games for the Huskies leading and is the scorer, averaging 11.8 points a game. York is 21-49 from the field, shooting 43 percent, and 15-39 from three-point territory, shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc.
"Kylie's doing a great job," Owens said. "We keep track of how efficient each player is in terms of their statistics. She's probably the most efficient player on our team right now."