Marke Freeman voted pre-season Team All-MAC

Marke Freeman
Marke Freeman

Northern Illinois point guard Marke Freeman was voted to the Mid-American Conference West Division Preseason Team by coaches and select media members, the league announced Wednesday.

Freeman was a MAC All-Conference Second Team performer in 2009-10, an award that includes players from both divisions.

She led the Huskies in scoring with 16.8 points per game, scored at least 20 points on 10 separate occasions, and surpassed the 30-point mark three times. She also led the league in steals with 2.7 per contest.

“She is one of the more exciting players I have had the privilege to coach,” NIU first-year head coach Kathi Bennett said. “She has really bought in to playing on the defensive end, and when she stays consistent with that, she is going to be a better player.”

Freeman averaged 4.6 rebounds per game, and became the first player to record a point-rebound and a point-assist double-double at NIU since 1997-98.

Voters also chose Northern Illinois to finish fifth in the MAC West, ahead of Western Michigan. Toledo was chosen as the favorite in the West, while Bowling Green was projected as the East Division and tournament champion.

Joining Freeman on the West Division team were Ball State’s Emily Maggert, Tavelyn James of Eastern Michigan, Toledo’s Naama Shafir, and Miami Giden from Western Michgan. Behind Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Ball State were picked second through fourth. Western Michigan was chosen to finish last in the West Division.

In the East, BGSU was followed by Kent State, Miami, Akron, Ohio and Buffalo. Two-time MAC Player of the Year Lauren Prochaska headlined the East Division Preseason Team. Akron’s Kara Murphy, Buffalo’s Kourtney Brown, Kent State’s Jamilah Humes and Miami’s Courtney Osbourn were also on the team.

The Huskies hit the court for the first time under Bennett in a Wednesday, Nov. 10,  exhibition game at the Convocation Center against UW-Parkside. NIU opens the regular season Saturday, Nov. 13, at Minnesota.

Bennett’s squad will host its first regular season game Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Convocation Center against Chicago State.

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

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