Loyola Game Notes
2012-13 Record: 2-3
Home/Away/Neutral: 0-1 | 1-2 | 1-0
Last Game: L, 67-58 at Bradley
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 325-214 (19th year)
Record at NIU: 29-37 (3rd year)
Record vs. LU: 1-1
2012-13 Record: 3-2
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-0 | 1-2 | 0-0
Last Game: L, 80-53 at Northwestern
Head Coach: Eric Simpson
Career Record: 43-53 (4th year)
Record at LU: 43-53 (4th year)
Record vs. NIU: 1-2
-- NIU is looking for its first home win of the year in its second try as the Huskies hope to avenge last year's season opening 73-42 loss at Loyola on Nov. 13, 2011. The 31-point setback was the second largest defeat NIU has suffered in the series versus the Ramblers and largest since 1985's 87-49 loss in Chicago.
-- The two teams have met each of the last four years and 19 times overall. NIU leads the all-time series 12-7 and is 8-1 in DeKalb. The Huskies have won two of the last three meetings.
-- Loyola has a 17-25 (.405) all-time record against Mid-American Conference teams. The Ramblers have gone 1-2 (.333) against the MAC in each of the last three years.
NIU continues its 56th season with its 20th meeting against Loyola. The teams last met on Nov. 13, 2011 in Chicago and the Ramblers won 73-42 in the 2011-12 season opening contest for both teams.
Loyola is in the fourth season under head coach Eric Simpson, who holds a 43-53 career record. Last season, the Ramblers went 13-17, 8-10 in Horizon League play, and are off to 3-2 start in 2012-13. After dropping their season opener at Lafayette, the Ramblers won at La Salle, and at home against Southern Illinois and Northern Kentucky. Loyola enters the game off an 80-53 loss at Northwestern last Sunday. Loyola averages 63.8 points per game and gives up 66.0 while shooting 37.5 percent and giving up a 41.2 percent to opponents. For the season, the Ramblers own an 88-59 edge in turnovers against opponents.
Jading the Defense
After sitting out last season to transfer from Wisconsin, redshirt sophomore Jada Buggs is starting to get into her rhythm on the court again. She scored five and six points, respectively, in her first two games, but has really turned it on in her last three. She scored 11 at Morehead State, 16 against South Dakota State and 18 at Bradley. She has led the team in scoring in the last two games and is shooting 53.3 percent over her last three games.
Winning the First Half and Holding the Opponent Under 40 Percent Shooting
Two common threads to NIU's wins and losses this year have been who leads at the half and if the opponent shoots under 40 percent. When NIU has led at the break, it is 2-0, and 0-3 when trailing. The same is true for when they hold an opponent under 40 percent shooting from the field. Under Bennett, NIU is 23-16 when holding an opponent under 40 percent.
Huskies Heating Up
In three of the last four games, NIU has shot better than 48 percent from the field. As of Nov. 27, NIU ranked 14th in the nation in field goal percentage (47.8) and 19th in three-point percentage (40.0) -- both lead the MAC. Individually as of Nov. 27, Satavia Taylor ranked fifth in the country, and first in the MAC, in three-point percentage (60.0). Her 6-for-6 game against Morehead State set the NIU record for accuracy behind the arc in a game.
Huskies Playing 20th Season in NCAA Division I
Overall, the Huskies are 428-450 (.488) in 20 seasons of Division I play. NIU has been to the NCAA Tournament five times (1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95).
Huskies have 2-1 Showing in Preseason WNIT
In their second-ever Preseason WNIT appearance, the Huskies fell at Iowa in the first round but rebounded strong in the consolation rounds. NIU beat Davidson 64-61 and then cruised past Morehead State 76-46 for a 2-1 record to start the season -- the third 2-1 start for Bennett in three years as NIU head coach.
Percent of Production Returning
Overall, the 2012-13 Huskies will return over 60 percent of their points and rebounds, which is nearly the opposite of what NIU had returning for the 2011-12 season.
Building on Bennett's Year 2 Success
Entering Year 3 of the Kathi Bennett era, the 300-win coach has the NIU women's basketball program pointed in the right direction. The Huskies tallied two wins in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time since 2007. Last season, the Huskies posted a 14-17 overall record, 6-10 in MAC play, with a team full of underclassmen that can build on the experience, especially after closing the season winning eight of the last 14 contests.
Bennett Extended through the 2017 Season
On Aug. 22, 2012, NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher announced a contract extension through the 2017 season for Bennett. In her first season in 2010-11, Bennett went 13-17 (7-9 MAC) to improve the win total by 30 percent overall, 75 percent in conference, from the 2009-10 team that she inherited. In her second season, she pushed the 2011-12 Huskies to one win better (14-17, 6-10 MAC) than her first year and made a splash in the MAC Tournament with a youthful roster full of nine underclassmen.
NIU Picked to Finish 4th in the MAC West
The Mid-American Conference coaches and media chose the Huskies to finish fourth in the MAC West Division for the second straight year in the MAC Preseason Poll.
NIU on TV
Sunday, Feb. 3 against at Miami (OH) at 1 p.m. CT will mark NIU's lone TV appearance of the season. The game will be produced by the MAC's regional cable partner SportsTime Ohio.
On the Air
Every NIU basketball game of the 2012-13 season can be heard on the Northern Illinois Sports Network, presented by IMG. Home and away games will air on 1360-WLBK and Huskie All-Access at NIUHuskies.com. Home games can also be watched with live video through Huskie All-Access.