Jan. 25, 2010
CLEVELAND - Junior guard Marke Freeman spearheaded a 16-point Northern Illinois comeback and scored a career-high 36 points, earning her Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, the league announced Monday.
Freeman's 36 points helped rally the Huskies past Buffalo in overtime. The Springfield, Ill. native scored back-to-back lay-ups to tie the game in the waning minutes of regulation, and knocked down two free throws with 29 seconds left to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Freeman proved to be unstoppable, scoring 11 of NIU's 15 points, including hitting 7-of-7 free throws to lead NIU to victory.
Buffalo head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald used only two words to describe the difference in the Huskies match-up with the Bulls: "Marke Freeman."
For the week, Freeman averaged 25.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. In an earlier game against Central Michigan, Freeman tallied 15 points on just 11 shots, and added eight assists and four rebounds.
The weekly accolade is the second of the season for Freeman, who was also named MAC West Player of the Week after posting nearly the same numbers for the week ending Jan. 11. A Huskie has now earned the award four times this year, the most weekly conference honors since 1990-91. That year, Lisa Foss earned North Star Player of the Week notice three times, and Cindy Conner was named NS Player of the Week once.