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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
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
Women's Track
Thursday, Apr 24 at Hillsdale Gina Relays
Baseball
Friday, Apr 25 at Western Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 25 vs Kent State
Softball
Friday, Apr 25 vs Kent State
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
Baseball
Sunday, Apr 27 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championships