Huskies Open MAC Play Against EMU

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Jan. 4, 2011

Northern Illinois (6-7, 0-0 MAC) vs. Eastern Michigan (9-5, 0-0 MAC)
 Date Wednesday, January 3, 2011  •  7 p.m. CDT
 Location DeKalb, Ill. • NIU Convocation Center • Tickets
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DeKALB - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team (6-7) opens Mid-American Conference play against Eastern Michigan (9-5), Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The Huskies are 6-11 in MAC openers, including NIU's four-year run in the league from 1982-1986.

STORYLINES

• The Huskies' meeting with the Eagles will represent a meeting of the worlds for sophomore Kim Davis. Currently a forward for NIU, Davis played her freshman season at EMU as a walk-on, where she started 10 games and played in 24. A resident of Evanston,  Davis left EMU to attend NIU, an in-state institution with lower tuition. She did not play basketball in 2009-10. NIU head coach Kathi Bennett discovered Davis after NIU freshman Jenna Thorp went down with a knee injury, and convinced Davis to join the Huskies. Davis has started every game, averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

• NIU opens conference play against the three toughest teams in the MAC West: Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Toledo. The trio has a combined record of 25-14 after finishing in the top three slots in the West Division last year.

Quick Bits

Marke Freeman ranks second in the nation in three-point accuracy, shooting 50.0 percent from behind the arc.

• NIU's nine three-pointers against Loyola were the most in a game this season.

• The Huskies are 5-0 when leading at halftime, but 1-7 when trailing at the break.

• NIU is 12-15 in conference openers, including stints in the MAC, NSC, MCC, and Mid-Con.

The Series

Eastern Michigan leads the series 24-8, and swept the Huskies in two meetings last year. The Eagles hold a 12-5 advantage in games played in DeKalb. EMU has won the last three and five of the last six meetings.

Can't Miss This

Marke Freeman is just 10 points shy of becoming the 26th member of Northern Illinois' 1,000-Point Club. The redshirt senior is in only her third season on the court with the Huskies after transferring from Florida A&M. If Freeman gets to 1,000, she will become the first player to reach the scoring milestone in just three seasons since Stephanie Raymond scored her 1,000th point in 2005-06. Raymond was the 20th pick in the WNBA draft one year later.

Key Number: 15

Danielle Pulliam scored 15 points against Illinois State, more than doubling her previous career-high of seven. More impressively, Pulliam did not even take a shot until the second half. She went 6-of-7 from the field, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Pulliam also added three rebounds and an assist to her career-best scoring total.

Three's Company

NIU stands as the most accurate three-point shooting team in the MAC, and the fifth-best three-point shooting team in the nation. The Huskiest have hit 39.9 percent of their attempts from distance, including knocking in 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) and 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) against UNI and SIU, respectively. Individually, Marke Freeman ranks second in the nation in three-point shooting, hitting 50.0 percent (27-54) of her threes.