Women’s basketball looking to get back on track

By Christopher Loggins

Women’s basketball (9-12, 2-8 MAC) will look to shake its recent woes as it returns home for a matchup with Miami University (9-12, 3-7 MAC) this week.

The Huskies faced off against Ohio University on Saturday, losing by 25 points to the top team in the MAC. It was the second time the teams faced off this year as the Bobcats swept NIU, winning the series by a total of 50 points.

NIU last faced Miami on Jan. 6, taking a 66-60 loss. The Huskies have lost seven of their last eight games, but have played much better at home than on the road this season. Five of their nine wins have come at the Convocation Center.

The good news for the team is that five of its eight remaining games will be at home. The bad news is that it has already lost to four of the remaining seven teams it’s scheduled to play.

It has been an inconsistent season for an NIU team that had high expectations with the hire of head coach Lisa Carlsen. Carlsen left a winning program at Lewis University for a chance to coach a team in NIU that was in a higher division but hadn’t had much success in quite some time. It hasn’t exactly worked out well so far, but sometimes things can take some time to develop.

Carlsen still has a chance to get her team over .500 this season, as she led the Huskies to a four-game winning streak early in the year. They followed that winning streak with a seven-game losing streak and have struggled to get anything going as of late. They would be on a nine-game losing streak right now but they were saved by a last second, game-winning three by junior forward Cassidy Glenn against Buffalo University on Jan. 30.