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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
Tuesday, Mar 3 vs Western Michigan
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Mar 4 vs Toledo
Men's Tennis
Thursday, Mar 5 at Marquette
Men's Basketball
Friday, Mar 6 at Ball State
Baseball
Friday, Mar 6 at Southern Illinois
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Mar 7 at Western Michigan
Baseball
Saturday, Mar 7 at Southern Illinois
Softball
Saturday, Mar 7 at Southern Illinois
Softball
Saturday, Mar 7 vs Murray State
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Mar 7 at DePaul
Wrestling
Saturday, Mar 7 vs MAC Championships
Women's Gymnastics
Saturday, Mar 7 vs State of Illinois Classic
Baseball
Sunday, Mar 8 at Southern Illinois
Softball
Sunday, Mar 8 vs DePaul
Softball
Sunday, Mar 8 at Southern Illinois
Wrestling
Sunday, Mar 8 vs MAC Championships
Men's Basketball
Monday, Mar 9 vs First Round
Women's Basketball
Monday, Mar 9 vs First Round
Baseball
Tuesday, Mar 10 at Murray State
Softball
Tuesday, Mar 10 vs Saint Peter's
Softball
Tuesday, Mar 10 vs Bucknell
Women's Tennis
Tuesday, Mar 10 at Bucknell
Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Second Round
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Second Round
Baseball
Wednesday, Mar 11 at Murray State
Women's Tennis
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Bethune Cookman
Women's Tennis
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Hampton University
Men's Basketball
Thursday, Mar 12 vs Quarterfinals
Women's Basketball
Thursday, Mar 12 vs Quarterfinal
Men's Basketball
Friday, Mar 13 vs Semifinals
Women's Basketball
Friday, Mar 13 vs Semifinal
Baseball
Friday, Mar 13 at Purdue
Women's Golf
Friday, Mar 13 at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational
Women's Track
Friday, Mar 13 vs NCAA Indoor Championships
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