Huskies Post 68-64 Victory in Home Opener

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Nov. 27, 2010

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Northern Illinois 68, Chicago State 64
NIU Convocation Center | DeKalb, Ill.


1st 2nd Final
 Northern Illinois
41 27 68
 Chicago State 29 35 64
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Attendance: 405
 Player of the Game

Marke Freeman
Points: 24
Rebounds: 6
Assists: 4
FG: 8-13 (.615)

 Team Stats
NIU OPP
 FG Percentage
38.2 44.4
 3-Point FG Percentage 36.4 37.5
 FT Percentage 81.5 54.2
 Offensive Rebounds
16 15
 Defensive Rebounds 22 22
 Total Rebounds 38 35
 Assists
10 9
 Turnovers
15 18
 Blocks
0 5
 Steals
7 7
 Points in the Paint
30 36
 Points off Turnovers
22 16
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DEKALB, Ill. -- Senior guard Marke Freeman totaled 24 points to lead the Northern Illinois women's basketball team to a 68-64 victory over Chicago State in the Huskies' home opener at the NIU Convocation Center, Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies improved to 4-2 the season with their win over the Cougars, as first year NIU head coach Kathi Bennett claimed her 300th career win. Bennett is off to the best six-game start by a first year head coach in Northern Illinois history.

"We found a way to win, and I thought that was crucial," Bennett said. "There's definitely a belief that they can (win) in close games."

The Huskies led by as many as 13 points in the first half, and went into the locker room with a 41-29 lead. The 41 points were the most NIU has scored in a half this season. Defensively, the Huskies allowed just 33.3 percent shooting in the first period by Chicago State, which fell to 1-3 on the year.

The Cougars fought back in the second half with a 14-3 run, tying the game at 53 with a three-pointer by Janay Dockery with 8:25 left.

"I thought Chicago State came out and outhustled us, and played a little bit harder and more physical," Bennett said.

Two possessions later, Huskie freshman Ashley Sneed scored back-to-back baskets to extend the NIU lead to 59-55.

"Ashley Sneed came in at the end of the game and made some good plays for us," Bennett said.

The Cougars followed with a 7-2 spurt to take their first and only lead of the game, 62-61.

Freeman answered with a jumper with 1:39 left, and NIU stopped Chicago State on the ensuing possession, forcing the Cougars to foul to stop the clock. From there, the Huskies hit five-of-six free throws to seal the game.

Freeman had her fourth 20-point game of the season, and added four assists to her six boards. Ebony Ellis and Courtney Shelton each scored 14, with Ellis adding eight rebounds before fouling out. Beckel led the Cougars with 15 points, and was one of four CSU players in double-figures.

The 4-2 start is the best opening to a Huskie season since 2006-07, when Northern Illinois won seven of its first nine games.  NIU tips-off the second of two five-game road trips this year at UIC, Tuesday. Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.