Freeman named MAC West Player of the Week

Marke Freeman
Marke Freeman

Northern Illinois guard Marke Freeman has been voted Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week, as voted on by the league’s coaches, the MAC announced Monday.

Freeman (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) averaged 29.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game in two victories. She shot 53.8 percent from the field and 90.5 percent from the free throw line for the week.

The senior flirted with a triple-double against Ball State, scoring 30 points, with a career-high nine steals and eight rebounds. She went 10-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line against the Cardinals, helping the Huskies to a 73-62 victory.

Four days later, she scored 28 points and added seven rebounds, an assist and a steal against Miami (Ohio). Included in her scoring total were 19 second-half points, and five points in the last three minutes to help the Huskies pull out a 71-64 win.

Freeman ranks fifth in the MAC in scoring with 16.5 points per game.

At 5-foot-5, she is the shortest player in among the league’s top-20 rebounders, ranking 18th with 5.8 boards per game. She also ranks second in the MAC in free throw percentage and steals, and sixth in minutes played. It is the fourth time in her career and second time this year she has been named MAC West Player of the Week.

Thanks in part to Freeman’s play, the Huskies will take a two-game winning streak to MAC East leader Kent State at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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

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