NIU Women's Basketball Continues Road Swing in Chicago

GO HUSKIES Kylie York has hit at least one three pointer in all five games this season
Kylie York has hit at least one three pointer in all five games this season

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."