Women’s basketball’s Koker out for season

Chelby Koker’s 2021-22 season is over after sustaining a knee injury Wednesday vs. Kent State.


Zulfiqar Ahmed

Junior guard Chelby Koker advances the ball past Akron freshman forward Raegan Bass during Monday’s victory in DeKalb. Koker injured her knee in NIU’s following game hosting Kent State University on Wednesday. (Zulfiqar Ahmed/Northern Star)

DeKALB — Women’s basketball will be without its leading scorer moving forward. Junior guard Chelby Koker is out for the remainder of the 2021-22 season with injury, according to an NIU Athletics release Saturday.

Koker sustained the season-ending knee injury in Wednesday’s game against Kent State University. The native of Racine, Wisconsin, went down in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference matchup with 8:20 left in the game. She left the court after 25:31 in the game with 13 points scored.

Koker leads the Huskies with an average of 17.8 points per game and is NIU’s leader in assists per game with 4.56. The junior Huskie surpassed the 1,000 point threshold on her career in Monday’s game against the University of Akron.

The Huskies will continue without Koker as they look ahead to their upcoming bout against the Western Michigan University Broncos. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Monday.