Huskies Host Toledo for Senior Day

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Feb. 25, 2011

Northern Illinois (11-16, 5-8 MAC) vs. Toledo (21-6, 13-1 MAC) - SENIOR DAY
 Date Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 • 3 p.m. (CST)
 Location DeKalb, Ill. • Convocation Center
 On the Air
Huskie All-Access (Live Video) • 1360 WLBK (DeKalb, Tape Delay)
 NIUHuskies.com NIU Games Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Toledo Game Notes | GameTracker
 All-Time Series Toledo leads 22-15
 Bennett Versus Bennett is 0-2 against Toledo
 Promotions Senior Day; Pink Zone; Free Youth Ticket with Adult Lower Bowl Ticket

 

DeKALB - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team hosts MAC West Champion Toledo, Saturday at 3 p.m.. It is Senior Day at the Convocation Center, honoring the commitment and contributions of four Huskies who will be playing in the final regular season home game of their careers.

Storylines

• The Huskies are coming off a 72-70 overtime loss at Western Michigan. Ebony Ellis had her best performance of the season with 20 points and 14 rebounds. It was the third overtime contest in the last eight games for the Huskies. NIU is 2-0 in the match-ups following overtime games.

• Saturday is also the annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone game at the Convocation Center.  Women's basketball teams across the country participate in Pink Zone to raise awareness of breast cancer and funds for cancer research.

Can't Miss This

Marke Freeman is only the third player in NIU history to average at least 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game for her career. The other two are current assistant coach E.C. Hill and Stephanie Raymond. Both Hill and Raymond went on to play professionally both in the WNBA and overseas. Freeman has totaled 1,199 career points, 17th-most in Huskie history, despite being in just her third year in the Cardinal and Black. She also has 279 assists, 182 steals and 383 rebounds to her credit.

Key Number: 13

The Huskies have held opponents under 40.0 percent shooting from the field 13 times this season. That total includes four games in which NIU has limited its opponents to under 30.0 percent shooting. The Huskies held the Rockets to just 29.6 percent from the field, and limited Toledo to only 42 points in their last meeting.

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.

No OT Hangovers Here

Northern Illinois has played three overtime games this season, most recently a 72-70 setback at Western Michigan last Tuesday. In the games following their other two OT match-ups, the Huskies are 2-0, with wins over Ohio and Central Michigan by a combined 22 points.

Three of a Kind

Marke Freeman is only the third player in NIU history to average at least 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game for her career. The other two are current assistant coach E.C. Hill and Stephanie Raymond. Both Hill and Raymond went on to play professionally in the WNBA and overseas.

900-800 Club

Against Buffalo, Ebony Ellis became only the ninth player in NIU history to grab 800 career boards. In her sophomore year alone, Ellis totalled 265 rebounds, eighth most in a season in NIU history. Last season, Ellis missed 10 games due to a foot injury, but still averaged 9.8 rebounds per game, ninth-most in Huskie lore. In 2008, Ellis grabbed 22 rebounds in a game, the fourth-most in NIU history. She also has 950 career points, 27th-most in the Huskie record books.

Defense Locking On

NIU has held opponents to 40 percent shooting 13 times this year. The Huskies are 7-6 in those games. NIU has limited its opponents to less than 40 percent shooting in all but three MAC games. League opponents are shooting just 36.5 percent, third best in the MAC, and scoring only 61.4 points per game, fourth in the league.

Three's Company

NIU stands as the most accurate 3-point shooting team in the MAC, and the fifth-best 3-point shooting team in the nation. The Huskies have hit 39.4 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. This year's team is just 1.1 percent behind the 1988-89 team for claim to the title of most accurate 3-point shooting team in Huskie history.