Feb. 10, 2006
DeKALB, IL -
If you are former Northern Illinois University women's basketball guard and East Aurora High School product Toby Meeks, then it's been an eventful last five months collecting hall of fame certificates.
And no one was more excited about Meeks' latest personal accolade than former collegiate teammate and current Huskie women's head coach Carol Owens.
Enshrined into the Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame last October as part of the storied 1989-90 women's quintet that finished 26-5, led the nation's major-colleges in scoring, and advanced two rounds into the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament, Meeks doubled her fun by being inducted into the East Aurora Hall of Fame last week.
"It couldn't happen to a better player or friend," Owens said. "We're all excited for her. Toby was a great player and teammate. She was a combo-guard who could either run the point or score. She could play defense. Toby did what it took to win. She had a bright personality and got all of us psyched, ready to play. Congratulations, Toby, we're all proud of you."
The 5-foot-7 Meeks lettered four times (1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, and 1990-91) for head coach Jane Albright's Huskies and generated 43 starts, 578 points, 340 assists, 153 steals, and 18 double-digit scoring games in 116 career appearances. She performed on the two back-to-back Northern Illinois post-season tourney quintets---the fabled NCAA team as a junior and on a 25-10 Women's National Invitational Tournament unit as a senior.
Voted NIU's team co-captain in 1990-91, Meeks averaged 6.7 points per game, collected 143 assists, and reached twin-digit scoring nine times in 34 games in her final campaign. Her top scoring performances as a senior were a 16-point effort versus No. 13-ranked Washington and a 15-point contest against Louisville. Meeks tallied a career-best 17 points against Southern Illinois in 1987-88. As a soph, Meeks dished out a career-high 11 assists against Valparaiso.
Albright's 1989-90 Huskie quintet would ultimately feature the top three career scorers in Northern Illinois women's hardwood history---Lisa Foss (2,500 points in 1986-91), Owens (2,102 points in 1985-90), and Tammy Hinchee (1,921 points in 1986-90). That Northern Illinois powerhouse averaged 94.5 ppg., reached 90 points a staggering 21 times, and eclipsed the 100-point barrier in eight games. Not only did Meeks contribute to the North Star Conference regular-season and postseason tourney championship clubs, NIU would topple Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois, Southern Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Texas Tech, and DePaul three times that winter.
At East Aurora, Meeks earned letters in basketball (4), track (4), and volleyball (2). When the Tomcats went 29-1 and qualified for the Illinois High School Association "Elite Eight", she was a key reserve as a sophomore. During 1984-85, Meeks averaged 15.7 ppg. on a 22-7 East squad that made the IHSA "Sweet Sixteen." As a senior, she produced 19.7 ppg. stats, led EAHS in steals (74) and assists (67), plus made First-Team All-Upstate Eight Conference for head coach Jim Skelley.