Huskies third in MAC in boards

By Andrew Hanson

Saturday’s game did more than just put one in the win column for the NIU women’s basketball team.

The Huskies posted two season highs in the win against Miami.

The 48 rebounds in the game beat two 47-rebound team performances. The Huskies average 40 rebounds a game, ranking third in the MAC.

NIU also had a season high with eight blocked shots. The previous high was six which had been achieved twice before. NIU averages three blocks per game which ranks third in the conference.

Honored Huskie

Junior guard Mary Basic was named an honorable mention for last weeks’ MAC West Player of the Week.

In two games Basic averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Basic’s performance also helped the team pull out a win against Miami. The junior hit the game-winning shot with eight seconds left to seal the victory.

Career Women

Saturday’s game also was a big one for Whitney Lowe.

The sophomore guard had a career day in Saturday’s win over Miami.

“Whitney [Lowe] gave us a great outside presence, especially in the first half,” NIU coach Owens said following the Huskies victory over Miami.

Lowe had career bests in points with 18, three pointers, shooting four of seven from the arch, and field goals, shooting seven for 14. Lowe also tied her career best in steals with two.

Senior center Jennifer Uptmor also had a career best in assists with six.

Block Party

A Huskie is quickly moving up on the list of career blocked shots.

Junior center Kristin Wiener is 15th in NIU career rejections after two blocks in Saturday’s Miami (Ohio) game, putting her career total at 59. Wiener is one block behind Angela Lockett (1990-1995), who is 14th on the list.

Weiner is fifth in the MAC in blocks, averaging .9 a game.

Changing Seasons

One more win for the Huskies would mark the first double-digit-win season since the 2003-04 season when NIU went 12-16.

With a 5-4 record in the MAC, the Huskies also have a chance to have the first winning conference record since 2001-02 when NIU went 10-6.