Huskies Trek to Indiana for Saturday Tilt with the Hoosiers

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Northern Illinois Huskies (4-4, 0-0 Mid-American) at Indiana Hoosiers (3-6, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2011
Tipoff: 6:00 PM CT
Location
: Assembly Hall | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM DeKalb - Andy Garcia and Ethel Gregory on the call
Live Stats: GameTracker on NIUHuskies.com

The Match-Up
Northern Illinois plays its fourth road game of the year with its fourth all-time meeting with Indiana.

A Look at Indiana
The Hoosiers finished last season with a 9-20 mark, 3-13 in Big Ten play. Returning two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team, sixth-year Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack has IU off to a 3-6 start. The Hoosiers opened the year with a 2-1 record before dropping five straight games. Sunday's win at IUPUI ended the skid. IU also has wins over Murray State and Belmont, while its losses include Central Arkansas Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Virginia, Oklahoma State, and St. Bonaventure.

Last Time Versus Indiana
The two teams last met in Bloomington on Feb. 10, 1973, and the Hoosiers came out on top 48-16.

Injury Update
Danny Pulliam and Ashley Sneed both underwent successful knee surgeries on Dec. 8. Pulliam will be out for the season with a torn meniscus and microfracture surgery in her right knee. Sneed will be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus in her left knee.

NIU Against the Big Ten
The Huskies have faced an opponent from the Big Ten 119 times and have tallied a 48-71 record.

Second Half Surge
NIU currently holds a 244-238 scoring edge in the second half against its foes. Conversely, opponents are outscoring the Huskies 224-203 in the first half. Fittingly, NIU has topped its opponent in the second half in half of the Huskies' eight games.

Dominating Defense
NIU ranks first in the MAC in opponent field goal percentage (.362). The Huskies are 4-2 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting and are 4-1 when outshooting their foes.

Board Beasts
With rebounding margin of +6.9, NIU ranks second in the MAC and 37th in the NCAA. The Huskies have outrebounded their opponents seven times this year and are 4-3 when doing so.

The Right Touch
Freshman Claire Jakubicek ranks second in the MAC in field goal percentage (.567). Over the past two games, she has been incredibly proficient as she's gone 19-for-24 (79%) from the field for 40 points. Her 21-point, 8-rebound, 5-assist performance at Chicago State was the first 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist game since Marke Freeman tallied 24 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds on Feb. 20, 2010, against Toledo. She then earned her first start in the next game and scored 19 against Illinois Chicago.

Taylor's Swift Impact
After sitting out an entire year after transferring from Loyola last fall, junior Satavia Taylor wasted no time in impacting the Huskies. All the all-around talented wing did was drop 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal in helping NIU to victory at Chicago State in her first game in a Huskie uniform. And she played all but one minute of the game, committing just one turnover. In her second game, she scored seven points and hit a clutch, game-tying three-pointer with 16 seconds left to tie the score at 47 before Illinois Chicago won on a last-second layup.

Taking Their Turn
Through eight games, NIU has had five different leading scorers, with Ashley Sneed, Amanda Corral, and Claire Jakubicek being the only three to repeat. Sneed got the season started with a team-high 12 points at Loyola. Jenna Thorp scored 18 versus Western Illinois. Amanda Corral led NIU with 16 versus Temple. Alicia Johnson tallied 11 against Bradley. Sneed turned in 14 at Illinois State. Corral notched 17 against Southern Illinois. Then Claire Jakubicek poured in a team-season-high 21 at Chicago State and 19 versus Illinois Chicago.

Productive Bench
An indication of a deep team, the Huskie bench has been outstanding through the early part of this season. NIU owns a 202-73 edge in points off the bench over its opponents. The only game NIU's bench has not outscored its opponent's bench is the Illinois Chicago game (16-8).

Double-Double on the Marke
Amanda Corral's 16-point, 10-rebound double-double against Temple was the first by an NIU guard since last year's leading scorer Marke Freeman poured in 23 points and 17 boards in a 56-48 win at Ohio on Jan. 1, 2011.

Corraling MAC West Player of the Week
In just her first seven days of collegiate action, freshman Amanda Corral has already caught the MAC's attention, garnering MAC West Player of the Week on Nov. 21st. Corral led NIU to a 2-0 record by averaging 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.

Percent of Production Returning
The Huskies return seven players from last year, including three starters in Kim Davis, Danny Pulliam, and Courtney Shelton, and welcome seven newcomers. In terms of production, NIU returns 64 percent of its minutes, 49 percent of its points, 45 percent of its rebounds, 71 percent of its assists, 44 percent of its blocks, and 53 percent of its steals.

Bennett's Year 2 Success
In Year 2 of each of her three prior head coaching stops throughout her career, Bennett has posted a combined win-loss total of 44-38. Her Year 2 win total has been an increase from Year 1 in two of the three stops. Indiana was the only place she did not have an increase, as she led the Hoosiers to 17 wins after totaling 20 in her first season in Bloomington.

Familiar Foes
Throughout her career, Bennett has faced all 23 of NIU's 2011-12 opponents and holds a 47-41 record against them.

NIU Picked to Finish 4th in MAC West
The Mid-American Conference coaches and select media chose the Huskies to finish fourth in the West Division this year in the MAC Preseason Poll.

Huskies Ink Three on Signing Day
On signing day on Nov. 9, NIU received National Letters of Intent from forward McKenzie Hoelmenn (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North), guard Alexis Lindstrom (Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove), and forward Nichole Wittman (Hutchinson, Minn./Hutchinson), Hoelmenn is Max Preps' No. 3 player from Minnesota and No. 87 player in the nation. Max Preps ranks Wittman and Lindstrom No. 41 and No. 133 in their respective states.

Graduating Huskies
For the fourth straight year, NIU's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) topped the 80 percent mark. With an 82 percent GSR, the Huskies sit two points above the four-class national average. The women's basketball team is one of four NIU programs to post a perfect 100 percent GSR as every freshman and transfer student-athlete who entered NIU between 2001-04 graduated.

NIU on TV
On Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, NIU's 1 PM CT contest at Eastern Michigan will be televised by the Mid-American Conference's regional cable partner SportsTime Ohio. The game will be NIU's only scheduled regular season TV appearance.

On the Air
Every NIU basketball game of the 2011-12 season can be heard on the Northern Illinois Sports Network, Presented by IMG. Women's games home and away can be heard on 1360-AM WLBK and Huskie All-Access at NIUHuskies.com. Home games can also be watched live through Huskie All-Access.

Up Next for NIU
The Huskies return home to take on Indiana State on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 PM CT.

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