Huskies Face Road Test at Milwaukee Wednesday

GO HUSKIES Carol Owens is looking for the first 4-1 start of her tenure as head coach.
GO HUSKIES
Carol Owens is looking for the first 4-1 start of her tenure as head coach.
GO HUSKIES

Nov. 24, 2009

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The Northern Illinois women’s basketball team travels to Milwaukee to face the Panthers, Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m., looking for its first 4-1 start since 2003-04.

THE SERIES
Northern Illinois leads the all-time series between the Huskies and Panthers, which dates back to 1980. NIU won the first meeting between the school 72-58, and captured the initial seven games in the series. More recent history has gone to Milwaukee, which has won six of last seven match-ups. The last Huskie victory came in 2003, when NIU won 55-53 in DeKalb.

LAST TIME AGAINST MILWAUKEE
Three Panthers finished in double figures with Horizon League Player of the Year Traci Edwards leading all scorers with 21 points, as the Panthers defeated NIU 71-61 at the Convocation Center.

Milwaukee won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Huskies, 36-25, including 17 offensive boards. Milwaukee went 4-6 from three-point territory and 21-31 from the free throw, while the Huskies went 1-8 from beyond the arc and 14-16 from the charity stripe.

The first half was a see-saw affair, with 10 lead changes. NIU led 20-15, its largest lead on the game, with 6:48 left in the first period, but the Panthers were able to tie it at 20 with five and a half minutes left in the half. The teams played to a 33-33 tie at the break.

With Milwaukee leading 42-41 with 13:59 left to play, the Panthers put together a 14-6 stretch and opened up a 56-47 lead with 8:25 left in the game.

ON THE PANTHERS
Milwaukee enters Thursday night’s showdown with a 2-1 record. The Panthers opened the season with wins on the road at Evansville and SIU-Edwardsville before suffering a 64-55 effort at the hands of Wisconsin.

Junior Lindsay Laur leads the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, and is one of four Panthers to average double-figures. Laur is also the team’s leading rebounding with 9.0 boards per contest. Other double-figure scorers include Jenilee Klomstad (13.7), Jodie McLain (12.7) and Ashley Imperiale (10.7).

Milwaukee is in its 15th season under head coach Sandy Botham, who has taken the team to the NCAA Tournament twice (2001, 2006), and is the Horizon League’s winningest coach.

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. Thursday’s game will also be available to watch online for free at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv.


 

 

LEADING THE WAY
Northern Illinois leads the Mid-American Conference in rebounding, averaging 45.2 per game, nearly three better than second-place Eastern Michigan. The Huskies are tied for first in the MAC with a plus-8.0 rebounding margin, and lead the league in defensive rebounding with 29.25 per game.

QUADRUPLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior forward Mauvolyene Adams tallied the first double-double of her career with an 18-points, 11-rebound effort against Bradley. She hasn’t slowed down, tallying double-doubles in each of the first four games this season. Adams leads the team with 17.8 points per game, and ranks second in rebounds, averaging 11.3. The feat surpasses the three-straight double-doubles achieved by Ebony Ellis last season.
 
MORE ON DOUBLE DIPS
The frontcourt combination of Ebony Ellis and Mauvolyene Adams has totaled six double-doubles in four 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.

MS. CLUTCH
Marke Freeman hit 14-of-15 free throws against Southern Illinois. More impressively, she netted 9-of-10 over the final 3:30 to seal the victory.

FRONTCOURT DOMINANT
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 ranks fourth in point production with 17.8 and Ellis sits in eighth with 15.3 points per game. Ellis is second in rebounds with 12.0 rebounds per game, while Adams sits three slots back in third, averaging 11.3 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 third in the MAC in total 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 fifth on the team in points (4.8) and minutes per game (25.8).

IT’S WHERE THE HEART IS
Five of the Huskies’ first seven games of this year are at home. That’s the most home contests to start the season since 1980-81, when the Huskies played at home in six of their first seven games, winning five.

UNO, DOS, TREYS
Kylie York, the lone senior for the Huskies, is poised to become the top three-point shooter in school history. York has totaled 208 career treys, just 13 short of school record holder Denise Dove, who hit 221 from 1987-91. York holds the second and third slot for threes in a season. She hit 77 at a sophomore, and knocked down 76 last season.


ILLINOIS ON MY MIND
The Huskies are coming off their second of eight games this year against in-state teams. The total is the most in-state foes since 2006-07, when NIU also faced eight Prairie State rivals, beating six. Northern Illinois is currently 2-1 against Illinois teams, with wins over Bradley and Southern Illinois.

NIU VERSUS THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
Nov. 10    Lewis (exh.)    W, 85-66
Nov. 13    Bradley    W, 86-73
Nov. 17    Western Illinois    L, 50-48
Nov. 22    Southern Illinois    W, 74-65

20 YEARS GOES BY SO FAST
The 2009-10 season marks the 20th anniversary of NIU’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1989-90 team was led by none other than current Huskie head coach Carol Owens, who averaged 21.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game that year. NIU finished the season 25-6, the best record in Huskie history.

2x20
With Marke Freeman scoring a career-high 21, and Ebony Ellis tallying a career-high 22 points in the Bradley win, two Huskie players scored 20 or more points for the first time since Feb. 3, 2007. That day, three Huskies put up at least 20, as Jessie Wilcox scored 24, Stephanie Raymond tallied 23 and Kristin Wiener had 21 in an 82-70 win over Miami (OH) in DeKalb.

GOLD STANDARD
NIU Head Coach Carol Owens won her fourth gold medal as a coach with USA Basketball over the summer. Owens was head coach of the U19 World Championships team that took first place in Bangkok, Thailand. The fifth-year leader of the Huskies also won gold as the head coach of the U18 FIBA Americas championship team in 2008, and was an assistant for two other gold medal winners in 2006 and 2007.