Women's Hoops Opens the 2013-14 Season at Northern Kentucky

Nov. 12, 2013

Game 1: Illinois state at Northern Kentucky
Date: November 13
Time: 6 p.m. CST
Location: Highland Heights, Ky. (The Bank of Kentucky Center))
Game Notes: Illinois State | Northern Kentucky
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NORMAL, Ill. - After its lone exhibition game of the 2013-14 season, the Illinois State women’s basketball team will travel to Northern Kentucky to open the regular season. ISU and NKU will tip off Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CST) at the Bank of Kentucky Center.

Illinois State and Northern Kentucky will meet for the fifth time in program history in the Redbirds’ season-opening contest. The two teams have both won two games in the series, with the last contest being played during the 1980-81 season. NKU won the first two games, while ISU won the next two games. The Redbirds are undefeated at Northern Kentucky, as ISU won by 30 points, 91-61 on Jan. 3, 1981, in the most recent contest.

• Northern Kentucky is located in Highland Heights, Ky., and has an enrollment of 15,405.
• The Norse are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference and finished the 2012-13 season in fourth place.
• The Norse finished 15-13 last season with a conference record o12-6 after its inaugural NCAA Division I season
• Northern Kentucky was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll.

ISU Athletics Communications will host eight in-season media conferences during the 2013-14 season. Each conference will feature head coach Barb Smith and a member of the ISU basketball team. The media conferences start at 1 p.m., and the scheduled dates are: Nov. 11, Nov. 22, Dec. 3, Dec. 20, Dec. 30, Jan. 28, Feb. 13, Feb, 25 and March 4.

Illinois State faced Division II Northwest Missouri State for the first time in program history in an exhibition game on Nov. 3, as the ISU women’s basketball team beat the Bearcats, 55-50, at Redbird Arena. Chloe Nelson led the Redbirds with 16 points, while Stekara Hall posted 13. Alison Seberger grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in 29 minutes of action, which surpassed the 27 total minutes she played all of last season. The Redbird defense limited the Bearcats to just 36.5 percent shooting, while also forcing 20 turnovers. Hall led the charge with four steals, while Nelson notched three and dished out five assists in a team-high 36 minutes.

Illinois State is 21-21 all-time in season-opening games. Over the last 10 seasons, Illinois State is 7-3 in season-openers, winning its last four-straight. The Redbirds open the 2013-14 season with a road game to Northern Kentucky, and ISU looks to win its fifth-straight season opener. The last time the women’s basketball program won four-straight season opening games was 1981-1985, under the leadership of Hall of Fame head coach Jill Hutchison. ISU has never won five-straight season opening games in program history.

Freshmen Zenobia Bess, Mackenzie Freeman, Kalyn Gebhardt and Taylor Stewart saw the court for their first collegiate basketball experience in the exhibition win over Northwest Missouri State. Freeman had six points with four rebounds and an assist, while Gebhardt had two rebounds. Bess added a block and a steal in five minutes. Freeman played 21 minutes in the exhibition game, the most of the freshman class.

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