Russell Houghtaling: January 2011 Archives

KATHI BENNETT'S BIRTHDAY

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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team surprised their coach Kathi Bennett with some birthday swag after today's practice. A giant personalized card, a billion flavors of gum, and a large Blizzard from DQ.

CORNERSTONES OF OHIO

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Kathi Bennett's Huskie women's basketball team is getting ready for tip-off at Ohio. The Huskies are getting dressed in the Ohio men's basketball team's locker room. The picture below is of the first thing you see when entering: the five cornerstones. Developed by Kathi Bennett's father, Dick Bennett, the five cornerstones are the foundation of several programs across the country, including John Groce's men's team at Ohio. A team that went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year. They are of course, also the cornerstones of NIU's women's program. Kathi said it was "pretty cool" to see the influence on college basketball her father has had.

Ohio Locker Room Cornerstones

MAC FAST BREAK WITH COURTNEY SHELTON

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The MAC posted this Q&A today with NIU women's basketball player Courtney Shelton.

BUSY WEEKEND WRAP-UP

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Gymnastics Team
"Perfect premeet huddle form on three.... 1, 2, 3 - PERFECT PREMEET HUDDLE FORM!"

What a hugely busy weekend in Huskie Athletics... let's recap.

- The NIU men's basketball team defeated Toledo, 64-54, to move to 2-1 in Mid-American Conference play. Coverage from HuskieWire.com and NIUHuskies.com as well as the box score.

- Rasheta Butler set a new NIU school record for the 200-meter dash.

- Holly Reichard won three events for the Huskie gymnastics squad (read about it).

- Bryan Deutsch won his fifth straight match, defeating Ohio's Casey Gordon by major decision.

- Courtney Shelton scored a career-high 29 points, including 12 in 46 seconds near the end of NIU women's basketball's 71-67 loss to Western Michigan. The Rockford Register-Star was there with this report, and you can peek at the final stats.

PLUS ONE

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Frese Family Portrait
Make room for one more!

Congrats to Huskie women's basketball associate head coach Marsha Frese and her husband Jason Elliot. Marsha has, as the kids say, "a bun in the oven," and the Frese household will be adding a second child in the summer! The couple already has one, Kylan, who is five.

Incidentally, Kylan and NIU women's hoops senior Terriel Cannon got the same present for Christmas - a Ladybug Pillow Pet

THE ELDER STATESMAN

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NIU head women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett's dad, Dick Bennett, stopped by the Huskies' pregame meal Tuesday to give the team a pregame talk. The elder Bennett, a 300-game winner like his daughter, talked to the team about the importance of humility and passion. Take a look -