Nov. 27, 2007
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DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team continues its six-game road trip when it heads up to Green Bay, Wis. to face the Phoenix of UW-Green Bay Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
"They are a high-powered scoring team," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "They are shooting 47 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the three-point line. So it will be a good test.
"We obviously have to score. We have to get into the paint, get to the free throw line and be able to knock down some shots. With Jessie Wilcox being out, Tara Michels and Kylie York are going to have to share the point position."
The Huskies (2-4) come into Wednesday's game in search of their first road victory of the season, while the Phoenix (2-1) will play their first regular season home game in the new Kress Center. The Huskies head into Wednesday's contest looking to rebound from a 50-42 loss to in-state rival UIC Sunday night. Shari' Welton led the way for the Huskies, scoring a career-high and game-high 14 points. York was right behind her with 10 points, her fifth double-digit performance of the season.
The Huskies grabbed a season high 61 rebounds against UIC (11/25/07), the highest total produced by the Huskies in the Carol Owens era. The previous high was 52, set last season in the Huskies 65-58 victory over Toledo (1/10/07). The Huskies have out rebounded their opponents 234-188 this season.
"Rebounding is certainly important," Owens said. "At most, if teams are really good, they'll shoot 50 percent. So, half of those shots are coming off. We're hitting the offensive glass, now we've got to do a better job of finishing and making those rebounds count."
NIU leads the all-time series, 13-11, but has dropped the last five games. The last time the two met, UW-Green Bay needed overtime to defeat the Huskies Nov. 20, 2005 in the Convocation Center. The last Huskie victory came Mar. 9, 1995 when NIU defeated the Phoenix, 68-64 in DeKalb.
Huskie fans can follow all the action of Wednesday night's game with Bill Baker on 1360 WLBK-AM. It will also be streamed live at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv.