Freeman named MAC West Player of the Week

Marke Freeman
Marke Freeman

Senior Marke Freeman was voted the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week by the conference coaches, the league announced Monday.

In the Huskies’ only contest of the week, Freeman delivered game-highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds, leading NIU to a 70-59 victory over Loyola.

Freeman hit her first four three-pointer attempts, including three of the game’s first four buckets, to push NIU to an early 13-1 lead. She finished the game 5-of-8 from deep and 7-of-14 from the field. Freeman also hit 6-of-6 free throw attempts, all in the final 44 seconds of the game, to seal the win.

The senior also added three assists and four steals. Freeman’s 12 rebounds tied her career high. It was her third career double-double, the second with points and rebounds.

Freeman’s three-point shooting night helped moved her into a number one ranking for three-point accuracy in the MAC, hitting 47.1 percent of her tries from deep. Her long range precision has helped NIU become the fifth-best three-point shooting team in the country, hitting 40.2 percent of its tries.

The Springfield, Ill., native ranks in the MAC’s top-10 in six different statistical categories: three-point field goal percentage, scoring, free throw percentage, steals, three-pointers made and minutes.

The Huskies begin Mid-American Conference play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, against Eastern Michigan at the Convocation Center.

For more information on NIU women’s basketball, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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