Huskies Open Road Trip at Illinois State Friday

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Northern Illinois (3-4) at Illinois State (2-2)
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 Game Center
 Date Friday, Dec. 4  •  7:05 p.m. CDT
 Location Normal, Ill.  •  Redbird Arena
 On the Air
Huskie All-Access • 1360-AM WLBK (DeKalb)
 NIUHuskies.com GameTracker | NIU Game Notes | ISU Game Notes
 All-Time Series ISU leads 23-7 (5-3 Division-I era)

DeKALB - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team opens a three game road trip when it ventures to Normal, Ill. to face Illinois State, Friday at 7 p.m. in Redbird Arena.

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.

THE SERIES
In the series that began during the 1957-58 season, Illinois State leads 23-7 over NIU. Recent history shows the series nearly even, with the Huskies winning three of the last seven match-ups.

LAST TIME AGAINST ISU
Kyle York scored a season-high 16 points on four three-pointers, but the Northern Illinois women's basketball team was defeated by defending Missouri Valley Conference champions Illinois State, 89-67, at the Convocation Center.

The Redbirds were led by two-time MVC Player of the Year Kristi Cirone, who poured in a game-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She was joined in double-figures by Maggie Krick (18) and Shala Jackson (15). NIU's Jessie Wilcox chipped in 10 points.

ISU held statistical advantages in field goals (33-27), free throws (17-12) and assists (11-7), while out-shooting the Huskies from the field, 55.9 percent to 31.2 percent.

The Redbirds jumped out of the gate early, grabbing a convincing 20-3 lead just over seven minutes into the game. Five Redbirds had field goals in the spurt to jumpstart the run. The Redbird lead eclipsed 20 points, 33-12, after a three by Cirone with 7:11 remaining. NIU finished the frame on a 14-9 run, and pulled with 50-26 heading into the locker room at halftime.

NIU charged back in the opening five minutes of the second-half, pulling back with 15 points (57-42), with 14:39 remaining. Aileen Rossouw had back-to-back field goals in the spurt. But the Redbirds answered with a 12-2 flurry, and extended their lead back to 69-44, at the 12:05 mark.

ON THE REDBIRDS
Illinois State enters Friday night's game with a 2-2 record. They opened the season with a six-point win over UCLA in the Hawkeye Challenge before losing to Iowa in the tournament's championship game. Illinois State then won its home-opener over South Dakota State before falling to Illinois at Redbird Arena, 62-51.

The Redbirds are led by Maggie Krick, who ranks third in the Missouri Valley Conference with 18.8 points per game. She will be helped by Nicolle Lewis, who is averaging 11.3 while hitting 59.3 percent of her attempts from the field, also third-best in the MVC.

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 five 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, knocked down 76 last season, and ranks seventh in the MAC with 15 makes this year.

DOMINANT DUO
The frontcourt duo of Mauvolyene Adams and Ebony Ellis is the best rebounding pair in the MAC. Ellis leads the league at 11.6 per game, and Adams sits in sixth at 8.9 per contest. Together, their 20.5 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 11.6 rebounds per game. She's collected 81 total boards through seven games, including 38 on the offensive glass. Ellis has collected 10 or more rebounds in five of NIU's seven games this year, and had nine in the other two contests.

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.

CAREER ADVANCEMENT
Not including the two freshmen, six Huskies have registered career-highs for points this season. Marke Freeman scored 27 points against Northern Iowa, the third time this season she set a personal scoring high. 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).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DELUXE
Junior forward Mauvolyene Adams tallied the first double-double of her career with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort against Bradley. She kept it up with double-doubles in each of the first four games this season. Adams ranks second on the team with 14.3 points per game and second in rebounding, averaging 8.9. Her four-straight double-dips feat surpasses the three-straight double-doubles achieved by Ebony Ellis last season. She added a fifth double-double with a 12-point, 10-board performance against Northern Iowa.

AGAINST THE MVC
The Huskies have played three Missouri Valley Conference teams this season, totalling a 2-1 record. Illinois State is the fourth and final team from the MVC on the 2009-10 schedule.

NIU VERSUS THE MVC
Nov. 13    vs. Bradley    W, 86-73
Nov. 22    vs. Southern Illinois    W, 74-65
Dec. 2    vs. Northern Iowa    L, 71-65

ILLINOIS ON MY MIND
The Huskies played their fourth of eight games this year against in-state teams when they hosted No. 15 DePaul. 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 2-2 against Illinois teams, with wins over Bradley and Southern Illinois.

NIU VERSUS THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
Nov. 13    vs. Bradley    W, 86-73
Nov. 17    vs. Western Illinois    L, 50-48
Nov. 22    vs. Southern Illinois    W, 74-65
Nov. 28    vs. No. 15 DePaul    L, 78-67

IT'S WHERE THE HEART IS

Five of the Huskies' first seven games of this year were at home. That was the most home contests to start the season since 1980-81. NIU now begins a stretch of three straight road games, starting with Friday's contest against Illinois State. The Huskies will also face Nebraska (Dec. 13) and Loyola (Dec. 17) as part of the road swing.

MORE ON DOUBLE DIPS

The frontcourt combination of Ebony Ellis and Mauvolyene Adams has totaled six double-doubles in five games this season. Adams has one in each game, while Ellis registered at least 10 and 10 in two contests.

 


 

 

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