NIU Women's Basketball Team Travels to Chicago to Face DePaul

GO HUSKIES Kylie York had a team-high 16 points Monday night against Illinois State.
Kylie York had a team-high 16 points Monday night against Illinois State.

Dec. 17, 2008

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team heads to Chicago to take on the Blue Demons of DePaul Thursday night at McGrath Arena.

The Huskies (3-6) have played well on the road this season. With three victories away from the Convocation Center this season, NIU has already surpassed last season's win total away from home. Northern Illinois heads to the Windy City looking to shake off an 89-67 loss to Illinois State Monday night at home.

Kylie York (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) has played well the last two games, posting double digit scoring performances, including a season-high 16 points against Illinois State and had an 11-point showing at Wisconsin. She leads the Huskies in three-point field goals made with 17 and is shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc.

"Kylie's got to be aggressive looking for her shot," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "Shooters will always shoot. We've just got to find ways to give her the ball."

DePaul (9-2) comes into Thursday's game riding a five game winning streak. The Demons posted a 60-51 win at Northwestern Sunday afternoon.

"They have a pretty balanced team," Owens said of DePaul. "We will really have to work on our transition defense and crash the boards."

The Huskies turned in an impressive performance against DePaul the last time the two met at McGrath Arena. Northern Illinois came up short to then-No. 19 DePaul, 71-68, Nov. 25, 2006. The Huskies had a 66-64 lead with just over a minute to go, but the Demons hit a three to go up 67-66, a lead they would not relinquish. Stephanie Raymond had a game-high 25 points, while Jessie Wilcox finished with 15 points.

DePaul holds a 29-7 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools and has won the last 14 meetings between the two. The Blue Demons posted a 90-58 win over NIU (12/17/07) last season at the Convocation Center. DePaul's Allie Quigley led all scorers with 19 points and hauled in seven rebounds in the Blue Demons victory over the Huskies at the Convocation Center last year. Quigley was one of three Demons to finish in double digits and DePaul shot 50 percent from the field for the game. Whitney Lowe and Shari' Welton finished in double figures with each scoring 11 points.

Tip off for Thursday's game is set for 7 p.m. and fans can listen to all the action live on 1360 WLBK with Bill Baker on the call.