DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team returns to the NIU Convocation Center Wednesday morning when the Huskies host the Kent State Golden Flashes at 11 a.m. for Education Day. The game will air on ESPN+ as well as locally on WLBK 98.9 FM/1360 AM and the NIU Huskies app.
NIU (6-9, 3-4 MAC) enters Wednesday’s game on a two-game winning streak after beating Akron 79-67 Monday night at Convocation Center. The Huskies shot 44.6 percent from the field and had a season-high 22 free throws in the win over the Zips. NIU leads the Mid-American Conference in free throws at 77.1%, which puts it 24and in the countryside. The Huskies have shot 83.7% from the foul line over the past five games.
junior guard Chelby Koker (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) led all scorers last night with 28 points, adding six rebounds and six assists. She scored her 1000and career point midway through the first quarter and now has 1,023 career points. It was his eighth game this season with at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Wednesday’s game features the MAC’s top two teams in rebound margin. Kent State leads the league with a margin of +8.94 with NIU second at +3.67. The Huskies lead the MAC in rebounding at 42.8 rebounds per game. A’Jah Davis (DeKalb, IL/Montverde Academy [Fla.]) leads the MAC with 11.9 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the nation. Davis has played eight straight games with double-digit rebounds after posting a season-high 18 points and 18 rebounds in the win over Akron on Monday.
Kent State (10-6, 2-5 MAC) was picked to finish fourth in the MAC in the preseason, but is 2-5 in the league after a 65-62 loss at Buffalo on Jan. 17 . Freshman forward Bridget Dunn led four Golden Flashes in scoring in double figures with 13 points against the Bulls. Casey Santoro and Lindsey Thall each added 11 points. This duo leads Kent State in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game each. Kent State is third in the MAC in defense, allowing 60.3 points per game.
NIU is offering a special “Lunch With The Huskies” concession for Wednesday’s game. Fans can receive a hot dog and a drink for just $5. Tickets can be purchased online at NIUHuskies.com/MyHuskies or by calling the NIU Athletics Box Office at 815-753-PACK (7225). The Huskies are home Wednesday, Jan. 26, to face Kent State at 11 a.m. for Education Day. Huskie Flex packages are now available for the 2021-22 basketball season. Purchase vouchers for $6 each and use them throughout the season to attend Huskies men’s and women’s basketball home games. Simply exchange the vouchers for tickets at the box office before the match.