ISU Visits Northern Illinois for Final Non-Conference Game Monday

Jan. 2, 2011

 Date  Monday, Jan. 3

 7:05 p.m.

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 Game Notes  Illinois State // Northern Illinois

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Northern Illinois, 13-5. ISU posted a series record of 7-2 in the first nine meetings from 1972-82. The series stopped until 1999 with each team winning two games at home from 1999-2002. The series started up again in 2005 with the teams meeting annually since then. ISU is 4-1 against NIU since 2005, including three-consecutive wins. Last season, Illinois State outscored Northern Illinois 44-22 in the second half for an 85-57 win.

A late run propelled Illinois State past Northern Iowa, 69-60, in a New Year’s Day matchup. In a tightly-contested matchup with numerous runs, ISU pulled away with a 10-2 spurt in the final minutes to improve to 2-0 in conference play for the 11th time and the fourth time in the last five years. Hannah Spanich led ISU with 18 points, the most she has scored as a Redbird, to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Emily Hanley added 17 points and six rebounds. With the score tied at 32 at halftime, Hanley and Spanich each scored five points in the first three minutes to put ISU ahead, 42-34. UNI answered quickly with a 10-2 run to tie the score again at 44. With the score tied at 49, ISU used a 10-2 run of its own in just over five minutes to take the lead for good, 59-51. UNI made just three field goals in the final eight minutes of play, with two of them coming in the final minute.

Monday’s game concludes a streak of four games in seven days for ISU. Apparently the Redbirds enjoy playing so many games in such a short period of time, as they have won the first three. ISU is averaging 76.0 points per game and shooting 46.2 percent from the field over the last three contests. All three Redbird opponents this week have failed to score 70 points and are shooting 39.9 percent from the field combined. Over the last three games, Emily Hanley is averaging 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Hanley (58.6), Hannah Spanich (54.5), Amanda Clifton (61.1) and Alexis Jenkins (57.9) are all shooting above 50 percent during the stretch.