"I was very impressed with our defense against a very good team and for only the second time this year, we had a positive assist to turnover ratio," first-year NIU head coach Carol Owens noted. "We continue to improve and that's the key. We established both an inside and an outside game which is always a key."How encouraging the contrast with last year.
"Our team chemistry has really come along. We have bonded so well as a team on the court. Defensively, we are playing together so much better," Owens insisted. "Bishop and Zeller really hurt us in the first half scoring nine and 12, so defense was something we discussed at half. Mary Basic (Lemont / Chicago Heights Marian Catholic) has become our utility player. A lot of what she does doesn't always show up in the box score, but her contributions are always a key. Today it was rebounds and I was really pleased with her defense on Bishop, particularly in the second half."Compare and contrast.