GAME #28 • Tuesday, March 2 • 7 p.m.
Western Michigan (8-20, 3-12 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois (10-17, 4-11 MAC)
Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.
Site: University Arena (5,421)
All-Time Series: WMU leads Ball State, 32-30
Radio: WQXC, 100.9 F.M. - Robin Hoook (play-by-play), Click here to listen online
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Web Streaming: Bronco Insider
Complete game notes available for download in PDF form at bottom of page.
Tuesday is the final game of the regular season, as WMU competes for a No. 10, 11 or 12 seed in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. Tuesday will also be the final game for Western Michigan seniors Molly Dwyer, Jenny Loney and Sara Vest on their home floor. The three seniors will be honored prior to the game and will ddress the crowd following the game.
BRONCOS DEFEAT CENTRAL MICHIGAN IN LAST OUTING
Sophomore Miame Giden led three players in double figures as Western Michigan beat rival Central Michigan, 64-56, Saturday at University Arena. The Broncos trailed by two at the half, but shot 45.2 percent from the field and outscored CMU by 10 in the second. Junior Brenna Banktson had 12 points and five rebounds while freshman DeAirra Goss added 11.
WMU-NIU SERIES HISTORY
Western Michigan leads the all-time series against Northern Illinois, 24-17, however the Huskies have had the Broncos' number in each of the last four outings. WMU is looking for its first win over NIU since a 75-51 victory in Kalamazoo on Jan. 19, 2008.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Western Michigan fell in the first meeting with Northern Illinois Jan. 12 in DeKalb, 73-47. The Huskies led at halftime, 40-23, powered by 19 first-half points by 5-5 junior guard Markie Freeman. WMU trailed by one with 12:36 left in the first half but Northern Illinois went on a 15-2 run over the ensuing six minutes to blow open the game. Ebony Cleary led Western Michigan scorers with nine at halftime and finished with a team-high 14. Miame Giden tallied 11 points and six rebounds, while Brenna Banktson had nine points and four rebounds.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS
• 2009-10 Record: 10-17, 4-11 MAC
• 2008-09 Record: 15-15, 10-6 MAC (3rd West)
• Head Coach (season): Carol Owens (fifth)
In the Huskies' last outing, Marke Freeman poured in a game-high 30 points and Ebony Ellis grabbed 17 rebounds, but Eastern Michigan raced out to a nine-point lead at halftime and held off the Huskies, 78-72, Saturday afternoon in Ypsilanti.
Three players average double figures for Northern Illinois, led by Freeman's 17.7 ppg. Mauvolyene Adams turns in 12.8 ppg and Ellis scores 12.1 ppg. Ellis averages just undr double digits, also bringing down 9.9 rpg. Kylie York is a threat from deep, sinking 69 three-pointers this season, and averages 9.3 ppg.
Ellis missed 10 games of the conference season with injury and did not play in the meeting with WMU earlier this season.
Northern Illinois is fighting for either a No. 9 or 10 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament.