DEKALB, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — We are getting close to the start of the college basketball season. Rockford Lutheran graduate Abby Woollacott will be entering her senior season with the Northern Illinois Huskies.
She has battled some injury issues throughout her career, but she’s now healthier than she has ever been while at NIU. She is expected to play a key role in NIU’s up-tempo attack.
“I think they just need me to be consistent,” said Woollacott in describing what the Huskies will need from her. “Whenever I go out there be a consistent rebounder and defender. The offense will definitely come along with that, but being a consistent post player out there.”
Last season the 6-2 Woollacott played in 31 games. She averaged 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. NIU women’s head coach Lisa Carlsen said Wednesday that Woollacott is probably the most improved player on the team.
“I think the thing that we have seen from her more is I think her stamina is better. I think her ability to run rim-to-rim is better. I think because of that her minutes will increase just because she’ll be able to be more effective longer.”
Woollacott was one of three captains selected for this season by the players. NIU will open its season November 5 against Harvard in DeKalb. That’s an 11 a.m. start.