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May 28, 2009

Huskie Happenings


NIUHuskies.com, the official online home for Northern Illinois Athletics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog, "Huskie Happenings." The section includes links to a daily newsstand, online chats, feature stories and interviews, game-day and multimedia information, promotions, calendars and much more. We hope this will become your first and last stop everyday for all the information you crave about Huskie Athletics!

2008-09 SPRING WRAP UP - DAY SEVEN

The NIU women's basketball team's 2008-09 campaign was a season filled with record-setting performances and big wins.

The Huskies finished the regular season with a 15-15 mark and played in a school record four overtime affairs, including back-to-back overtime games, defeating Western Michigan (1/14/09) and Eastern Michigan (1/17/09). The Huskies also ended a 10 game losing streak to Ball State (1/21/09), a four-game slide to Ohio (1/24/09) and won their first game at Western Michigan (3/7/09) since 1986, defeating the Broncos, 73-69. Kylie York tied the school record for consecutive games with a made three pointer, connecting from downtown in 12 straight games.

The Huskies had a strong conference season, turning in a 10-6 record in the Mid-American Conference, their best record in the league since 2001-02, and had three players honored by the MAC.

Sophomore Marke Freeman made a good first impression on league coaches. She was named the MAC's Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 9.4 points a game coming off the bench and led the team in assists with 99 and steals with 36. Jessie Wilcox, who finished her NIU career with 1,007 points, was named Third-Team All-MAC, while center Ebony Ellis, the Huskies' leading rebounder with 265 boards, earned honorable mention accolades.

A couple Huskies were also recognized by the conference for their hard work and dedication in the classroom. Wilcox and Becky Smith were both named to the 2009 Academic All-MAC Women's Basketball Team. Smith posted a 3.93 cumulative GPA as a Kinesiology-preventive and rehabilitation science major, while Wilcox, an art education major, earned 3.86 GPA.

THE LATEST FROM LARRY IN CHARGER BLUE
Former Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English, the highest NFL Draft pick in school history, fills us in on his first week of Offseason Coaching Sessions and his new life as a rookie for the San Diego Chargers. English will be blogging for Chargers.com throughout the events leading up to the 2009 season.

MORE ON THE MAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT'S POSSIBLE CHANGES
As linked on "Huskie Happenings" yesterday, discussions regarding the format of the men's and women's MAC Basketball Tournaments are ongoing.  The DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly blogged about the topic Tuesday, and offered his quick take on what changes he thinks should take place.
Event Calendar
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Jan 31 vs Toledo
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Jan 31 at Ball State
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Jan 31 vs Bradley
Women's Track
Saturday, Jan 31 vs Jack Johnson Invitational
Women's Gymnastics
Sunday, Feb 1 at Western Michigan
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Feb 1 at Indiana
Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 4 at Miami (Ohio)
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 4 vs Miami (Oh)
Softball
Friday, Feb 6 vs Pittsburgh
Softball
Friday, Feb 6 at Texas State
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 6 vs Binghamton
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 6 at Central Michigan
Wrestling
Friday, Feb 6 vs Eastern Michigan
Women's Track
Friday, Feb 6 vs Meyo Invitational
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 7 vs Bowling Green
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 7 vs Akron
Softball
Saturday, Feb 7 vs Sam Houston State
Softball
Saturday, Feb 7 vs Pittsburgh
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 7 vs Hope College
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 7 vs Meyo Invitational
Softball
Sunday, Feb 8 at Texas State
Women's Golf
Monday, Feb 9 at MAC Match Play Challenge
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Feb 10 vs Ball State
Women's Golf
Tuesday, Feb 10 at MAC Match Play Challenge
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