Dec. 15, 2007
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DEKALB, Ill.-The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team looks to build on its best game of the season, when the Huskies welcome the No. 16-ranked DePaul Blue Demons to the Convocation Center Monday night.
NIU (3-6) comes into Monday's game after arguably its best game of the season, a 90-82 victory over St. Joseph's. The Huskies shot a season-high 59.6 percent from the field and 70 percent from beyond the arc.
Kylie York (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) led the way for the Huskies, scoring 21 points, followed by freshman Mauvolyene Adams (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook), who posted a career-high 18 points. Whitney Lowe (Bushnell, Ill./Prairie City) was named to the all-tournament team at the Hawkeye Challenge after scoring 17 points against the Hawks.
"We started a young group and they stepped up," NIU head coach Carol Owens. "The energy was great. I was really proud of freshmen Mauvolyene Adams and Ebony Ellis. They really stepped up for us in the post.
"Our guards, Kylie York, Terriel Cannon and Bianca Brown did a great job overall. This time of the year is the time you want your young kids to get it. They continue striving to be more consistent."
The win over St. Joseph's was the final game of a six-game road trip for the Huskies that began in Cancun, Mexico. The Huskies return home to face a familiar foe in longtime rival DePaul. DePaul (8-0) leads the all-time series 28-7 and is currently riding a 13-game winning streak against the Huskies. The Blue Demons escaped McGrath Arena with a 71-68 victory in last year's meeting. This is DePaul's first trip to the Convo since Dec. 15, 2005. The last Huskie victory came Feb. 15, 1994 in DeKalb, a 73-69 triumph.
"DePaul's a very good team, I feel they shoot the ball very well," Owens said. "Their transition game is their strength. They can get out in transition and push the ball. They can shoot the three in transition."
Owens and DePaul head coach Doug Bruno are very familiar with each other. The two have spent the past two summers working together with USA Basketball. This past summer, the two led Team USA to the gold medal in the U19 World Championships. In the summer of 2006, Owens, Bruno and team USA captured the gold in the Women's Basketball FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Bruno holds a 2-0 advantage over Owens in their coaching match ups, while Owens went 3-0 against Bruno's Blue Demons during her playing days.
Tip-off for the Blue Demons and Huskies is 7 p.m. Fans can follow all the action with Bill Baker on 1360 AM WLBK.
The Huskies' game with DePaul is Youth Night. Coaches can bring their teams and catch two in-state rivals in action. All upper bowl tickets are $1 and all other tickets are $5. After the game, all fans are welcome to come down to the floor to join the "Circle of Fans" to meet their favorite Huskie.