Huskies Host UNI Wednesday at Noon

GO HUSKIES The NIU women's basketball team hosts UNI Wednesday at noon.
GO HUSKIES
The NIU women's basketball team hosts UNI Wednesday at noon.
GO HUSKIES

Dec. 1, 2009

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DeKALB - The Northern Illinois women’s basketball team hosts Northern Iowa, Wednesday at noon in the Convocation Center. Over 800 students from local elementary schools will be in attendance as part of “Homeroom with the Huskies.”

THE SERIES
The Huskies are looking for their third straight win over the Panthers. NIU won by 15 in 2007, and by 12 last season. The teams haven’t had a game decided by less than seven points since 1966, when UNI squeaked by with a 29-27 overtime win. Overall, Northern Iowa leads the series 8-6, but the Huskies hold a 4-3 edge in games played in DeKalb.

LAST TIME AGAINST UNI
The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team earned a hard-fought road victory, 58-46,  over Northern Iowa.

Mauvolyene Adams paced the Huskies with a team-high 13 points. She went 6-11 from field, 1-2 from the free throw line and grabbed seven rebounds.

Down 33-31 with 18:06 left to play, Adams went on a 6-0 run to give the Huskies a 37-33 lead with 15:47 left. It would be a lead Northern Illinois would never relinquish. Northern Iowa would close to within one, 39-38 with 11:55, but senior Jessie Wilcox settled things down for the Huskies. She went on a 6-0 run of her own, doing her damage from the free throw line.

The Huskie defense stepped up in the second half, holding the Panthers to 16.7 percent shooting from the floor. UNI went 4-24 from the field in the second half and 11-50 for the game, shooting 22 percent from the field. NIU also held the Panthers to 0-14 from beyond the three-point line. The last time the Huskies accomplished that feat was Dec. 29, 2007 when NIU held IUPUI to 0-5 from downtown.

ON THE PANTHERS
Northern Iowa opened the season with losses in its first four games, but played a difficult schedule. After losing a two-point decision to North Dakota State, the Panthers lost match-ups with Missouri (74-57), Iowa (81-70) and Louisville (81-53). UNI picked up its first win of the season with a 65-60 victory over Butler, Nov. 28.

The Panthers are led in scoring by forward Kim Wypiszynski, who is scoring 13.8 points per game while averaging 5.6 rebounds. Multiple players for UNI can knock down the three-pointer, with six players having hit at least one trey this season. Guards Jacqui Kalin and Nicole Clausen are the biggest threats from the outside. The pair has combined for 19 made three-pointers, and is averaging 21 points together.

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.

IT HASN’T BEEN CLOSE
While the series between Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois is close, with UNI leading 8-6, only two games in between the teams have been decided by less than 10 points. In 1966, the Panthers came out on top of an overtime contest 29-27, and in 1982 the Huskies won a seven-point decision.

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 216 career treys, just 5 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. A repeat of Saturday’s five three-pointer performance against No. 15 DePaul would tie her with Dove.

DOMINANT DUO
The frontcourt duo of Mauvolyene Adams and Ebony Ellis is the best rebounding pair in the MAC. Ellis leads the league at 11.5 per game, and Adams sits in sixth at 8.7 per contest. Together, their 20.2 rebounds per game is over a rebound per game more than the next closest duos in the MAC. Ball State’s Emily Maggert and Danielle Gratton average 19.0 and Buffalo’s Kourtney Brown and Brigdette Kendricks combine for 17.4.

ELLIS THE TOP MAC REBOUNDER

Junior Ebony Ellis leads the MAC with 11.5 rebounds per game. She’s collected 69 total boards through six games, including 29 on the offensive glass.

MORE ON THE BOARDS
Northern Illinois ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in rebounding, averaging 42.3 per game, behind only Eastern Michigan at 44.0. The Huskies are also second in the MAC with a plus-6.5 rebounding margin, and 16.0 offensive rebounds per game.

DUAL THREATS

Northern Illinois is the only team in the MAC with two players who rank in the top-10 for scoring. Marke Freeman ranks sixth at 16.5 points per game, and Mauvolyene Adams is ninth at 14.7 per contest. NIU’s Ebony Ellis sits at 14th in the conference with 13.0 points per game.

7-0
Not only did Northern Illinois hit a season-best seven three-pointers against 15th-ranked DePaul, but the Huskies also held the Blue Demons without a three-pointer for the entire game (0-of-14). It was the first time DePaul had been held without a three-point make in 144 games.

CAREER ADVANCEMENT
Not including the two freshmen on the team, six Huskies have registered career-highs for points this season. Marke Freeman scored 26 points against DePaul. Other Huskies with career-highs include Ebony Ellis (22, vs. Bradley), Mauvolyene Adams (22, vs. SIU), Sarah Rogers (8, at Milwaukee), and Tenisha Wilson (10, at Milwaukee), and Courtney Shelton (9, at IUPUI).