Women’s basketball | February 22
DeKALB, Ill. – Winners of five of their last six games at the NIU Convocation Center, the Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team hosts the Eastern Michigan Eagles Wednesday night at 6 p.m. for Ticket Holder Appreciation Night of the season. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Tickets can be purchased online at NIUHuskies.com/MyHuskies or by calling the NIU Athletics Box Office at 815-753-PACK (7225).
NIU (11-13, 8-8 MAC) shot 50.9 percent from the field last Saturday afternoon in a 73-55 win over Western Michigan. The Huskies shot over 70% in the second quarter only to take a 40-21 lead at halftime. A’Jah Davis (DeKalb, IL/Montverde Academy [Fla.]) led all players with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for her 19and double-double of the season. She is tied for third in the nation in double-doubles and fifth in rebounding at 12.0 per game.
Jayden Marable (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) scored a career-high 16 points against the Broncos last Saturday. Marable was 8 for 11 from the field and added five rebounds, three assists and a steal. It was his third straight double-digit game. She has a 1.9 assist-to-rotation ratio over the last eight games.
The Huskies have held nine of their last 11 opponents to 70 points or less. In seven of those games, NIU held the opposition 30% or less from the three-point line. Saturday’s win was the sixth time this season that NIU has held an opponent to 60 points or less. Huskies are 27-2 in head practice Lisa Carlsenwhen you hold an opponent to 60 points or less.
NIU won the first meeting against Eastern Michigan 85-76 on January 22 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Huskies set season highs in points, field goal percentage at 57.1% and three-point field goal percentage at 64.7% in the win. NIU has won five of the last seven meetings against Eastern Michigan.
Eastern Michigan (7-16, 4-12 MAC) won its second straight game last Saturday in an 83-70 win over Central Michigan. Redshirt sophomore forward Ce’Nara Skanes led all players with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Areana Combs added 17 points and eight assists. Combs leads the Eagles with 18.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game.
Following Wednesday’s game, NIU hits the road this Saturday, Feb. 26 to take on the Ball State Cardinals at 12 p.m. CT.