NIU Travels To Toledo Wednesday


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DeKALB, IL The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team will play for the fifth straight year on Wednesday when they travel to Toledo to battle the Rockets at the Savage Arena. The starting gun will be given at 4:30 p.m. The game broadcast is available on WLBK 98.9 FM / 1360 AM in DeKalb as well as on TuneIn and the new NIU Huskies app.

NIU (6-5, 4-2 MAC) is 4-0 in January after an 87-79 win in Miami last Saturday. Sophomore guard Chelby Koker (Racine, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) led the Huskies with a career high of 29 points and went 10 against 12 from the free throw line. It was her sixth 20-point attempt of the season. Koker is fifth in the MAC with 20.3 points per game and second in the free throw with 91.2 points, placing them 24th in the nation.

Junior striker Mikayla Brandon (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) had their second double-double of the season in Miami with 13 points and 10 rebounds. It was her fifth game this season with double-digit rebounds. In the last four games, Brandon averages 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three-dot line.

The Huskies currently lead the MAC as a percentage of the three-point field goal (39.1 percent) and the three-point field goal percentage (27.7 percent). NIU has kept each of its last five opponents below 26 percent from the three-point line. It has also made double-digit threes in each of its last three games, with 15 against Central Michigan on January 13 and 10 in its win in Miami last Saturday. The Huskies are fifth in the nation with 10.6 three-point points per game and eleventh in the three-point field goal percentage.

Toledo (7-4, 3-4 MAC) have won three of their last four games against NIU, including an 82-79 win at the NIU Convocation Center on December 10th. The Rockets play after a 69 3-4 in the league game -57 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday. Quinesha Lockett led Toledo with 21 points against the Hawks while Tatyana Davis had 11 points from the bench. The missiles are fourth in the MAC, both in defense with 67.7 points per game and in percentage defense of field goals with 40 percent.

After Wednesday’s game, the NIU host Kent State on Saturday, January 23rd. The starting gun will be given at 1 p.m. The game will air on ESPN +.