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.
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