Women's Hoops Faces Second-Straight Big Ten Opponent

Dec. 6, 2012

Game 8| illinois state vs. Northwestern
Date: Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:05 p.m.
Location: Normal, Ill.. | Redbird Arena
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NORMAL, Ill. - The Redbirds will host their second-straight Big Ten opponent in a week on Friday, when they host Northwestern at 7:05 p.m. It is the third home game in a five-game homestand for the Illinois State women's basketball team.

In ISU's 56-45 loss to Michigan on Wednesday, Janae Smith led Illinois State with 11 points and seven rebounds. The sophomore forward was 5-of-9 from the field in 34 minutes. Alexis Foley shot 50 percent from the field, netting eight points. Jamie Russell and Candace Sykes, two of ISU's top-three scorers, struggled from the field, as the duo had a combined five points. Illinois State was outrebounded by Michigan, 42-24. The 24 boards were the lowest total rebounds for the Redbirds this season. Also in the game, the Wolverines kept ISU from any second chance or fast break points.

Friday's game will mark the 15th meeting between Illinois State and Northwestern. The Wildcats hold a 9-5 advantage, winning the most recent game during the 2011-12 season on Nov. 17, 2011 in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won by seven points, 69-62.
The series dates back to the 1976-77 season. Illinois State holds a 2-1 record of games played in Normal, Ill. The last time the two teams met in Normal, Ill., was Dec. 13, 1992, when the Redbirds defeated the Wildcats, 76-60.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN
• Northwestern is located in Evanston, Ill., and has an enrollment of 8,367
• The Wildcats are members of the Big Ten Conference.
• The Wildcats ended the 2011-12 season with a 14-16 mark and a 4-12 in conference play for an 11th-place fi nish.
• Northwestern's Maggie Lyon was named the Big Ten's Freshmen of the Week on Monday.

`BIRDS BATTLE THE BIG TEN
At the end of the Illinois State women's basketball 2012-13 nonconference schedule, the Redbirds will have faced off against four Big Ten opponents. Northwestern will be the third Big Ten opponent for ISU so far during the 2012-13 season, as the Redbirds fell to Iowa in the second round of the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 11, in Iowa City Iowa and Michigan on Wednesday. The Redbirds will travel to in-state rival Illinois on Dec. 21 to face their last Big Ten rival. The Redbirds will have played two roads games and two home games against Big Ten opponents at the end of the nonconference schedule. ISU is no stranger when it comes to Big Ten opponents, as it has competed against every team that currently makes up the conference. The last time ISU competed against four Big Ten opponents in one season was during the 1990-91 campaign, when the Redbirds competed against Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin. ISU went 3-1 over Big Ten rivals during that season.

NEED MORE BOARDS
In ISU's 56-45 loss to Michigan on Wednesday, the Redbirds brought down 24 rebounds in the game compared to the Wolverines' 42 boards, with just four coming on the offensive end. Prior to the Michigan game, the Redbirds had a season-low 32 rebounds at Memphis (Nov. 18) as a team and a season-low10 offensive boards at Western Kentucky (Nov. 24). Janae Smith led ISU on the boards with seven. Due to the lack of offensive rebounding, ISU didn't have any second chance points in the game.

LESS THAN 50
The Illinois State women's basketball team scored 45 points in its loss to Michigan on Wednesday. The last time the Redbirds scored less than 50 points in a game was on March 30, 2011, when ISU fell to USC, 63-36, in the WNIT. ISU shot 33 percent for the game, connecting on 18-of-54 from the field. In the game, ISU didn't have any points off of fast breaks. The last time Illinois State didn't have any fastbreak points was on Jan. 14, 2012 against Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls, Iowa. ISU fell to UNI, 79-73.

NO TIME AT THE LINE
Against the Wolverines, the Redbirds were 1-of-4 from the free throw line, compared to Michigan connecting on 8-of-12. The
Redbirds were averaging 20 free throws per game through their first six contests, making 78 percent of its shots.

JUST WON'T FALL
Two of Illinois State's top-three scorers combined for five points in the Redbirds' 56-45 loss to Michigan on Wednesday, shooting 2-of-20 from the field. Seniors Jamie Russell and Candace Sykes struggled to find their groove in the game. Russell, who averages 15.1 points per game on the season struggled to find a rhythm, as she went 1-of-9 from the field and ended the game with two points. Sykes, who was averaging 17.8 points heading into the contest made three points, shooting 1-of-11 for the game.

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