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Jan. 19, 2010

HUSKIES READYING FOR EAGLES ON SATURDAY

Fans will have the chance to chat live with Xavier Silas on NIUHuskies.com.  Stay tuned to Huskie Happenings for details!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:39 pm on Friday, January 15, 2010

The Northern Illinois men's basketball team was back at practice Friday after earning a much-earned day off on Thursday with its 87-77 win over Western Michigan.  John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle/HuskieWire was on hand, and has this preview of Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan.


COACH "P" TEAMS WITH SCOTT LEBER FOR NEW WEEKLY SEGMENT

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:34 pm on Friday, January 15, 2010

Northern Illinois head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton will join WTVO sports director Scott Leber for an exclusive interview each Thursday during the 6 p.m. newscast.  Here's the first installment, re-capping Wednesday's 87-77 win over Western Michigan.      


GRAPPLERS IN ACTION

By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:08 pm on Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fans can follow all the action of tonight's NIU-Ohio wrestling match live online. Click on this link and you can follow each bout as they happen. The match starts at 6 p.m. Central Time.


"NIU LIVE" TONIGHT

By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:45 pm on Thursday, January 14, 2010

Northern Illinois head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton and women's gymnastics head coach Mark Sontag join NIU vice president/director of athletics Jeff Compher and host Andy Garcia in the lastest edition of "NIU Live." The two head coaches talk about their most recent victories and preview this weekend's events at the Convocation Center tonight at 5:30 p.m. on 1360 AM WLBK. The show will also be reaired in the Chicagoland area on 670 AM "The Score" tonight at 10 p.m.


HUSKIES KEEP MOMENTUM GOING, TOP BRONCOS

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:51 am on Thursday, January 14, 2010

It was an instant classic at the Convo Wednesday night.  Northern Illinois outlasted Western Michigan 87-77, setting up what will be a highly anticipated re-match in Kalamazoo on Feb. 17.  We've got you covered on all angles, from DeKalb, to Rockford, to Kalamazoo.  This team keeps getting better.  Huskie fans, we need you at the Convo to help cheer this team on this Saturday and for the rest of the season!

Let's start with the local angle, and who would be a popular pick for NIU's player of the game, Mike DiNunno.  As coach Patton has touched on in the past couple of weeks, DiNunno is starting to become the point guard that he and his staff envisioned.  In the past six games, DiNunno has dished out 27 assists against just seven turnovers -- that's an assist/turnover ratio of 3.85 folks.  John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle/HuskieWire.com featured DiNunno in his game story.

Moving up the road to Rockford.  Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star was in attendance, and wrote about NIU's improved defense and free throw shooting. 

Graham Couch of the Kalamazoo Gazette made the trip over on I-94 to cover the game, and had some interesting angles.  Read here how Mid-American Conference basketball is here, whether or not we're all ready, and at times, it can be ugly.  That's the nature of conference play in college basketball.  Couch also had a quick sidebar on how NIU eventually pulled away to win the game, and what attributed to that. 


NIU "SWEEPS" MAC HONORS

By Megan Wallace | Posted at 3:22 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2010

The Northern Illinois Huskies enjoyed a virtual "sweep" of Mid-American Conference Awards this week, when student-athletes from four different NIU teams garnered MAC Athletes of the Week honors. Northern Illinois student-athletes were honored by the league in every sport in which the Huskies competed last week.

Men's basketball junior Xavier Silas and track and field freshman Rhonda Lee each received the award for the second-consecutive week after posting strong performances in their respective sports.  Women's basketball junior Marke Freeman and sophomore gymnast Ashley Guerra join Silas and Lee as recipients of MAC Athlete of the Week honors.

After averaging 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and three assists per game in a pair of road wins last week, Silas was named the MAC West Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 10. Silas' scoring output came on a 10-for-25 effort from the field, and a school-record 15-of-15 free throws on Saturday. He also drilled four three-pointers. Silas has now claimed two-straight MAC Player of the Week plaudits, and has also chalked up one MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor (Dec. 29, 2009).

Lee was named MAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after posting three top-five performances and two personal-best records at the Eastern Michigan Invitational (Jan. 9). Lee notched a first-place mark in the long jump, when she leapt to a personal-best 17-07.00. Lee also competed in the 200- and 60-meter dash events for the Huskies, walking away with fourth and fifth places finishes, respectively.

Springfield, Ill. native Freeman was named MAC West Division Player of the Week after averaging 27.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals over two games. Freeman scored a career-high 33 points on just 22 shots against Ball State. She knocked down a career-high six three-pointers, and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals against the Cardinals. Three days prior, the Lanphier High School graduate dished out a career-high nine assists in addition to scoring 22 points, grabbing six rebounds and snatching five steals.

Gymnast Ashley Guerra earned the first Mid-American Conference weekly honor of her career, and the first by an NIU gymnast this season, as she was named the MAC Specialist of the Week. In the Huskies' season-opening meet versus Wisconsin-La Crosse on Sunday, Guerra won the uneven bars competition with a score of 9.725 and took second place on balance beam with a mark of 9.625. 


SCORING DUEL TO REMEMBER?

Two of the MAC's top scorers will be on display tonight at the Convo.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:25 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2010

Those in attendance tonight could be witnesses to a possibly great scoring duel.  Western Michigan senior guard David Kool (19.8 ppg) and NIU junior guard Xavier Silas (19.1 ppg) are two-of the top-ranked scorers in the Mid-American Conference, when you factor in scoring average (Silas' eight games played does not make him eligible to be ranked in the MAC stats yet; it will when he plays in 75 percent of the contests).  As Graham Couch writes in this feature advance, Kool is closing in on WMU's all-time scoring record.   


I'VE GOT A GAL IN KALAMAZOO!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:22 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2010

For those of you not from Kalamazoo (unlike me), those are the lyrics to a song.  Back to hoops.  Graham Couch of the Kalamazoo Gazette, who provides a great perspective into not only Bronco athletics, but also the Mid-American Conference as a league, had this preview on tonight's MAC-West showdown.  


"ON THE WIRE" PREVIEWING THE HUSKIES AND BRONCOS

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:15 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2010

John Sahly took a few minutes to catch up with sophomore guard Mike DiNunno in the latest installment of "On the Wire" Tuesday afternoon.  Check out the clip on the "video" tab of HuskieWire.com


BEAT BUBBA, OR START RUNNING!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:11 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2010

In a phenomenon first revealed on assistant coach Sundance Wicks' weekly radio spot on 1360 WLBK (Mondays at 9:10 a.m. on the flagship radio state of Huskie athletics), we present you "Beat Bubba." John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and HuskieWire.com did a nice job breaking down the drill, which is intended to present a competitive free throw shooting simulation during practice every day.  


1-0

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:15 am on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Northern Illinois took a 1-0 lead versus Western Michigan in the first of three competitions with the Broncos this week as the women's basketball team turned in a dominating performance last night beating WMU, 73-47. The men will look to make it 2-0 over Western Michigan tonight when they play host to the Broncos at the Convocation Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Lindsey Willhite offers his take on tonight's match up in today's Daily Herald.


GIVE A PLAYER A CAMERA...

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:11 pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

...and she'll want to pull a prank. Here's some video from the women's basketball team's trip out to Toledo. The night before the game Marke Freeman and Brittney Callahan decided to spook Shaakira Haywood.


HUSKIES SHARE IMPORTANCE OF ACADEMICS

By Megan Wallace | Posted at 10:12 am on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Huskies from men's and women's soccer, gymnastics, track and field and women's golf came together last month to share the importance of academics with students at Malta Elementary School. 15 Huskies shared their personal experiences of reading growing up and the importance academics has played in their athletic careers.

Student-athletes read books to students at the elementary school while also answering questions about sports, life and learning. Ben Thomas of the men's soccer team was just one of the many Huskies who took time visit the elementary school. Read about Thomas and the other student-athletes experience in this story: NIU Spreads Joy of Reading to Local Elementary School.


PLAYER(S) OF THE WEEK LIVE HERE

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:39 am on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It was a busy day in the news for the NIU men's and women's basketball teams yesterday.  Xavier Silas claimed his second-consecutive MAC-West Player of the Week honor, while Marke Freeman helped the women's squad chalk up its third Player of the Week plaudit of the season.  Let's keep it going!


WHO NEEDS ONE

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:35 am on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Every Tuesday during the basketball season, members of the NIU marketing staff will be distributing free basketball tickets to NIU students at DuSable and Barsema Halls from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Students presenting their NIU One Card will receive a free ticket for the upcoming week of men's and women's basketball home games.


CATCH THE LADY HUSKIES IN ACTION TONIGHT!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:19 am on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Northern Illinois women's basketball team will look to get in the Mid-American Conference win column and bounce back from two close losses when the Huskies HOST WESTERN MICHIGAN TONIGHT at 7 p.m.  Read NIUHuskies.com's extensive preview here.  


NOTHIN' LIKE WINNIN' ON THE ROAD!

Mike DiNunno has been efficient running the point, tallying 17 assists against just four turnovers in the past five games.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:57 am on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

We're one day late with the updates, but what a great way to start out the Mid-American Conference slate for the NIU men's basketball team.  The Huskies recorded a defensive-minded 62-48 win over Ball State in Muncie last Saturday, and has a chance to get off to a solid start in league play with a two-game homestand this week.

Read here how NIU limited 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year Jarrod Jones to just seven points and two rebounds, and how that affected the final outcome.  The MAC Report Online had this take on the importance of grinding out a road win, and prior to the game, John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and HuskieWire.com previewed the tilt, and touched on the Huskies' swagger returning


BOUNCEBACK VICTORY

Sarah Rogers, Marke Freeman and Brittney Callahan pose with a clinic attendee after Saturday's game against Ball State.

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:38 pm on Monday, January 11, 2010

The NIU women's hoops team hasn't played a game since Sunday's tough two-point loss, but they already had a bounceback victory for the DeKalb/Sycamore community. The Huskies hosted a free postgame clinic for kids in attendance at the game, demonstraing Northern Illinois Athletics' commitment to community service.


WESTERN MICHIGAN WEEK

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:37 am on Monday, January 11, 2010

It's Western Michigan week at the Convocation Center this week. The women's basketball team tips things off Tuesday night when it plays host to the Broncos at the Convo at 7 p.m. The men take on Western the following night at the Convocation Center with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m. The NIU gymnastics team concludes the week of NIU-WMU contests Sunday when the Huskies welcome the Broncos to Victor E. Court in the Convocation Center at 2 p.m.


HAVE A HAPPENING?

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:00 am on Monday, January 11, 2010

Have a Huskie Happening we missed? Let us know by e-mailing us here! We only have so many sets of eyes, but the Huskie Nation sees all!

Event Calendar
Baseball
Friday, Apr 18 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 18 at Central Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 18 at Central Michigan
Women's Tennis
Friday, Apr 18 vs Toledo
Women's Track
Friday, Apr 18 at Mt. SAC Relays
Men's Tennis
Friday, Apr 18 vs Buffalo
Football
Saturday, Apr 19 vs NIU Spring Game
Baseball
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Saturday, Apr 19 at Eastern Michigan
Women's Track
Saturday, Apr 19 at Blue Demon Invitational
Women's Track
Saturday, Apr 19 at Beach Invitational
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Boilermaker Invitational
Baseball
Sunday, Apr 20 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Sunday, Apr 20 at Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Sunday, Apr 20 vs Boilermaker Invitational
Women's Track
Tuesday, Apr 22 vs Penn Relays
Baseball
Wednesday, Apr 23 vs Milwaukee
Softball
Wednesday, Apr 23 at Loyola
Softball
Wednesday, Apr 23 at Loyola
Women's Track
Wednesday, Apr 23 vs Penn Relays
Women's Track
Thursday, Apr 24 at Penn Relays
Baseball
Friday, Apr 25 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championships
Men's Tennis
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championships
Baseball
Saturday, Apr 26 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championships
Women's Golf
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championships