Jan. 21, 2011
|Northern Illinois (7-11,1-4 MAC) vs. Miami (Ohio) (10-8, 2-3 MAC)
||Sunday, January 23, 2011 • Noon CDT
||DeKalb, Ill. • Convocation Center
| On the Air
||Huskie All-Access (Live Audio/Video) • 1360 WLBK-AM (DeKalb)
||NIU Games Notes | Miami (Ohio) Game Notes | GameTracker
| All-Time Series
||Miami (Ohio) leads 15-12
| Bennett Versus
||Bennett has never faced Miami (Ohio)
||"Kids Take Over the Convo"; Free postgame clinic for kids eighth grade and under
DeKALB - Coming off its largest win of the season, the Northern Illinois women’s basketball team (7-11, 1-4 Mid-American Conference) wraps up a three-game homestand and opens cross-divisional play against Miami (Ohio), Sunday at noon.
• In their last outing, the Huskies were up by as many as 21 points (33-12 and 44-23) on Ball State before eventually beating the Cardinals by 11. The last time NIU led by that much was on February 2, 2010, when the Huskies led Ohio 39-18 at halftime of a 68-61 victory.
• In addition to looking for a second-straight MAC win, Northern Illinois has at least two reasons to want to beat Miami (Ohio). The RedHawks defeated NIU by 45 in last year’s regular season meeting, 96-51. The teams later met in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, where Miami (Ohio) edged the Huskies, 67-66, to end NIU’s season.
• Sunday's game has a special tip time of noon (CST) to accommodate fans that want to watch the National Football League's NFC Championship game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. The postgame basketball clinic for kids eighth grade and under will still take place immediately following the NIU-Miami (Ohio) game.
Can't Miss This
Marke Freeman’s 30-point outburst against Ball State was the fifth time in her career she has hit the 30-point mark. Freeman’s career-high is 36, which came in an overtime win against Buffalo. Perhaps the most impressive part of Freeman’s scoring outbursts is that when she reaches 30 points, she is also averaging 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.4 steals per game. The Huskies are 3-2 when Freeman scores 30 points.
Key Number: 19
Northern Illinois held Ball State to just 19 points in the first half of Wednesday’s 73-62 win. The Huskies held Ball State scoreless for the first six minutes of the game, and Ball State finished the first half just 4-of-20 from the field. It was the least points given up by NIU in a half since allowing just 18 by Ohio, Feb. 2, 2010.
On the Air
Every NIU basketball game of the 2010-11 season can be heard on the Northern Illinois Sports Network, Presented by IMG. Women’s games home and away can be heard on 1360-AM WLBK and Huskie All-Access at NIUHuskies.com. Home games can also be watched live through Huskie All-Access.
NIU trails the all-time series with Miami (Ohio) 15-12. The RedHawks swept both games last season, including a first-round MAC Tournament meeting. The Huskies’ hold a three-game winning streak in DeKalb, and Miami (Ohio) hasn’t won at the Convocation Center since 2005.
• NIU has a +5.8 rebounding margin in wins, but a -1.5 margin on the glass in losses. That’s a difference of... you guessed it – 7.3 rebounds per game.
• NIU’s nine three-pointers against Western Michigan tied for the most in a game this season. The Huskies also hit nine vs. Loyola.
• The Huskies are 6-0 when leading at halftime, but 1-11 when trailing at the break. NIU beat George Washington by six after trailing by six at the break.
• NIU never trailed to Ball State, not even by one point. It was the first time NIU led wire-to-wire this season, despite having seven wins.
• The Huskies have outrebounded their opponents in each of their last four games by an average of eight boards per game.
NIU’s win over Ball State was a big win because it snapped a five-game slide for the Huskies. But the 73-62 victory also the tied for biggest win by margin: 11 points. NIU beat Loyola by 11, but the Huskies’ five other wins have all come by single digits.
Freeman Adds Another 30-Point Game
Marke Freeman’s 30-point effort against Ball State was the fifth such game in her career. Freeman went 10-of-14 from the field, and 10-of-11 from the free throw line, and added eight boards and nine steals. Her career high came in a 36-point effort against Buffalo, and she also owns a 33-point game versus Ball State and a 30-point game at EMU.