NIU Begins Five-Game Road Trip at UIC Saturday



Dec. 20, 2012

DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois continues its 56th season with its 42nd meeting against Illinois Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. CT at UIC Pavilion to start a season long five-game road trip. The teams last met on Dec. 14, 2011 in DeKalb and the Flames won 49-47 on Jasmine Bailey's layup with one second left.

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois47
December 14, 2011
DeKalb, Ill.
Huskies Drop Nail-biter to UIC, 49-47
With the game tied at 47, Illinois Chicago's Jasmine Bailey drove the left baseline for a game-winning layup with one second left to hand Northern Illinois a tough 49-47 loss at the NIU Convocation Center on Wednesday night.

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Game Info
Date: Saturday, Dec. 22
Tip-Off: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Chicago, IL
Arena: UIC Pavilion
Live Stats:
Radio: Huskie All-Access
Series: NIU leads 26-15

NIU Info
2012-13 Record: 4-5
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-1 | 1-4 | 1-0
Last Game: W, 48-38 vs. Eastern Illinois
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett
Career Record: 326-216 (20th year)
Record at NIU: 30-39 (3rd year)
Record vs. UIC: 1-2

UIC Info
2012-13 Record: 2-7
Home/Away/Neutral: 2-2 | 0-5 | 0-0
Last Game: L, 66-52 at Bradley
Head Coach: Regina Miller
Career Record: 255-245 (18th year)
Record at UIC: 20-20 (2nd year)
Record vs. NIU: 1-4

-- Both teams come in looking to buck downward trends. The Huskies snapped a streak of back-to-back losses with a 48-38 home win over Eastern Illinois Wednesday night, but have lost four of their last six games. UIC has lost six of its last seven contests with the win coming against Roosevelt (90-67) at home. The Flames enter this game after a 66-52 road loss at Bradley Tuesday night.

-- The Huskies are looking to get back to .500 for the third time this season. NIU was also .500 or better from Nov. 17-27 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

-- With this game, the Huskies begin a season long five-game road trip. Featuring five games in four states from Dec. 22 - Jan. 10, NIU will travel over 3,100 miles on the trip. NIU is 15-14 at home under Bennett and 15-25 elsewhere.

-- NIU leads the all-time series over UIC 26-15 and is 7-8 in Chicago. The Flames have won two straight in the series and four of the last six.

Scouting UIC
The Flames are coming off a successful first year under Head Coach Regina Miller. UIC tallied an 18-13 record to give the program its second-highest win total in a season in school history and set a new record for most wins by a first-year head coach. This year, UIC is off to a 2-7 start, with both wins coming at home, where the Flames are 2-2. UIC snapped a five-game losing streak with a 90-67 win at home over Roosevelt last Friday and enters the game off a 66-52 loss at Bradley on Tuesday. The Flames are scoring 58.9 points per game and allowing 67.1. They are also shooting 36 percent from the field and giving up a 38.6 percent clip.

Alexis, a Luxury off the Bench
Rookie Alexis Lindstrom gave NIU 20 quality minutes off the bench in the Eastern Illinois win Wednesday with a season-high six points on 2-of-4 shooting from three point land. She also grabbed two rebounds and handed out two assists with no turnovers. She was key in NIU holding a 23-13 edge in bench points over EIU.

NIU gets Defensive vs. Eastern Illinois
In scoring a 48-38 win over the Panthers, NIU held EIU to 38 points, 14 made field goals, a 24.6 field goal percentage, an 11.1 3-point percentage, eight free throws made, and eight free throws attempted -- all season lows for an opponent against the Huskies. NIU leads the MAC in defensive rebounding (32.8/game) and ranks third in opponent points per game (58.1).

Corral-ing Points
After missing all but six minutes of the South Dakota State game and the whole Bradley game due to a left ankle sprain, Amanda Corral returned as good as ever versus Loyola, Indiana State, DePaul and Eastern Illinois. She scored a season-high 19 points in each of the first two games, added 15 versus DePaul and 10 against EIU. The 63 points in her last four games are the most she's scored in four straight games in her young career and has raised her scoring average per game to a career high mark of 12.6, which ranks eighth in the MAC.

Corral Again Named MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week
On Tuesday, the league office announced Amanda Corral as the Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the second time in three weeks. She had 15 points, six rebounds and two assists against DePaul to earn the honor as she boasts a 4.0 GPA in health sciences. Corral garnered the award for the first time in her career on Dec. 6 after she scored 19 points with four rebounds and an assist and block in a win over Loyola.

60 is the Magic Number
This season, NIU is 3-0 when scoring 60 or more points, and consequently, 0-5 when scoring under 60. For the season, the Huskies average 56.6 points per game. Under Bennett, NIU is 19-10 over the last three years when scoring 60 or more points in a game.

Leading at the Half is Crucial
The common thread to all four wins has been holding a halftime lead as the Huskies are 4-0 when leading at the half, and all but one have been double digit edges. NIU held a 10-point lead against Loyola, 15-point lead at Morehead State, 13-point lead versus Davidson and five-point lead versus Eastern Illinois.

Tay and the Trey
NIU ranks second in the MAC in 3-point percentage (34.0, 53rd in the NCAA) and third in field goal percentage (41.8, 60th in the NCAA). A large reason for the three-point percentage is Satavia Taylor, who ranks second in the MAC and ranks 11th in the NCAA with a 46.7 percentage. Her 6-for-6 game against Morehead State set the NIU record for accuracy behind the arc in a game.

Huskies have 2-1 Showing in Preseason WNIT
In their second-ever Preseason WNIT appearance, the Huskies fell at Iowa in the first round but rebounded strong in the consolation rounds. NIU beat Davidson 64-61 and then cruised past Morehead State 76-46 for a 2-1 record to start the season -- the third 2-1 start for Bennett in three years as NIU head coach.

Huskies Playing 20th Season in NCAA Division I
Overall, the Huskies are 430-452 (.488) in 20 seasons of Division I play. NIU has been to the NCAA Tournament five times (1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95).

Percent of Production Returning
Overall, the 2012-13 Huskies will return over 60 percent of their points and rebounds, which is nearly the opposite of what NIU had returning for the 2011-12 season.

Building on Bennett's Year 2 Success
Entering Year 3 of the Kathi Bennett era, the 300-win coach has the NIU women's basketball program pointed in the right direction. The Huskies tallied two wins in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time since 2007. Last season, the Huskies posted a 14-17 overall record, 6-10 in MAC play, with a team full of underclassmen that can build on the experience, especially after closing the season winning eight of the last 14 contests.

Bennett Extended through the 2017 Season
On Aug. 22, 2012, NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher announced a contract extension through the 2017 season for Bennett. In her first season in 2010-11, Bennett went 13-17 (7-9 MAC) to improve the win total by 30 percent overall, 75 percent in conference, from the 2009-10 team that she inherited. In her second season, she pushed the 2011-12 Huskies to one win better (14-17, 6-10 MAC) than her first year and made a splash in the MAC Tournament with a youthful roster full of nine underclassmen.

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

Sunday, Feb. 3 against at Miami (OH) at 1 p.m. CT will mark NIU's lone TV appearance of the season. The game will be produced by the MAC's regional cable partner SportsTime Ohio.

On the Air
Every NIU basketball game of the 2012-13 season can be heard on the Northern Illinois Sports Network, presented by IMG. Home and away games will air on 1360-WLBK and Huskie All-Access at Home games can also be watched with live video through Huskie All-Access.




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