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Huskie basketball teams announce new recruits

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 21, 2022

Multiple new signees have been announced for both the NIU men’s and women’s basketball team rosters going into the 2022-23 season, according to NIU Athletics news releases.  Men’s basketball recruits Xavier Amos is a 6’8 forward from Chicago....

Arizona guard Shaina Pellington walks past an NCAA March Madness sign in the hallways of McKale Center before Arizonas game against UNLV in the first round of the NCAA womens college basketball tournament March 19 in Tucson, Arizona. (Rebecca Sasnett/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

NCAA should shift March Madness to 32-team bracket

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 29, 2022

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament continues to bolster its branding as “March Madness” with a number of upsets occurring in the past two weeks. Within the action of the postseason, the true madness lies within the playoff format that...

Junior forward AJah Davis (left) handles the ball whilst being defended by Western Michigan University freshman center Lauren Audino during a game on Feb. 19 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. NIU defeated the Broncos 73-55 in the first game of a doubleheader with mens basketball as part of the Cram the Convo event. (Zohair Khan/Northern Star)

Women’s basketball team faced hurdles in journey to playoffs

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 21, 2022

DeKALB — Women’s basketball’s 2021-22 campaign drew to a close on March 9 in the quarterfinals round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, ending a season filled with ups and downs. NIU finished the year with a 14-15 overall...

Junior forward AJah Davis shoots from the free throw line during a game on Jan. 15 against the University of Toledo Rockets. The Huskies fell 73-52 as Davis led all NIU scorers with 24 points. (Summer Fitzgerald/ Northern Star)

Women’s basketball falls in first game of MAC tournament

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | March 9, 2022

DeKalb — The women's basketball team blew a 17-point lead against Ball State University Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, in the opening round of the MAC championships. How It Happened The Huskies got off to a very hot start, scoring 24 points in the...

Redshirt senior guard Janae Poisson navigates the court during Wednesdays overtime win over the Buffalo Bulls. Poisson recorded 26 points, six rebounds and an assist during NIUs matchup with Buffalo at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskies need key players for success in MAC tournament’s first round

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 8, 2022

The NIU women’s basketball team needs a game plan heading into their first-round MAC tournament matchup against the fifth seed Ball State Cardinals Wednesday.  The last time the Huskies played the Cardinals was a Feb. 26 match, which they won 77-72....

Senior guard Nia Ahart shoots the ball during a Feb. 24 game against Eastern Michigan University at the NIU Convocation Center.

Women’s basketball dominates CMU on senior night

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 5, 2022

Women’s basketball put on a great performance for the last home game of the season, taking home a 69-49 victory against Central Michigan University. How it happened Huskie senior guards Nia Ahart, Paulina Castro and Erinn Hodges and forward Mikayla...

NIU junior forward AJah Davis attempts a layup against Toledo freshman forward Jessica Cook during a matchup on Jan. 15 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Davis and Cook finished as the leading scorers for their respective squads in their latest matchup on Mar. 3. Davis finished the game with 30 points for the Huskies while Cook recorded 14 points for the Rockets. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball drops final road game to Toledo

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2022

A career-high 30 points by junior forward A’jah Davis wasn’t enough for the women’s basketball team as it was blown out in its last road game of the regular season at the University of Toledo Wednesday in Toledo, Ohio. The loss snapped the Huskies’...

Junior forward AJah Davis plays one-on-one against Ball State freshman forward Marie Kiefer during a matchup on Jan. 5 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. The Huskies left Muncie Saturday with a 77-72 victory, avenging their 83-82 overtime loss earlier in the season to the Cardinals. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball earns third straight win in Muncie

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2022

It was a tale of two halves Saturday afternoon in Muncie, Indiana for the NIU women’s basketball team, as they came back from early struggles and defeated the Ball State University Cardinals 77-72, winning their third straight and improving to a record...

NIU sophomore guard Jayden Marable maneuvers past EMU freshman guard Kyndal Lewis during Wednesdays conference matchup at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Marable finished the game with 12 points, the fourth-best scorer for the Huskies in the 72-65 victory over the Eagles. (Alexander Pyevich/Northern Star)

Huskies survive home bout with Eagles

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | February 24, 2022

The women’s basketball team completed the sweep against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles Wednesday, defeating them 72-65 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. The last time the Mid-American Conference rivals faced off on Jan. 22, NIU prevailed...

Graduate guard Nia Ahart (left) advances past the 3-point line whilst being defended by Western Michigan sophomore guard Megan Wagner during Saturdays game in DeKalb. The Huskies defeated the Broncos 73-55 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Zohair Khan/Northern Star)

Defensive displays push NIU past WMU

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 20, 2022

In a great defensive display, the Huskies defeated the Western Michigan University Broncos Saturday 73-55 in a great defensive display at home in DeKalb. How it happened NIU had an outstanding first-half performance as they scored 40 points and shot...

Redshirt senior guard Janae Poisson navigates the court during Wednesdays overtime win over the Buffalo Bulls. Poisson recorded 26 points, six rebounds and an assist during NIUs matchup with Buffalo at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskies come up short on Davis’ record-breaking day

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | February 17, 2022

A poor shooting performance by the women’s basketball team led to another double-digit loss against Kent State University Wednesday in Kent, Ohio. How it happened NIU started the game off well, matching Kent State's scoring throughout much of the...

Junior forward AJah Davis shoots from the free throw line during a game on Jan. 15 against the University of Toledo Rockets. The Huskies fell 73-52 as Davis led all NIU scorers with 24 points. (Summer Fitzgerald/ Northern Star)

A’Jah Davis: DeKalb superstar 21 years in the making

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | February 15, 2022

DeKALB — When junior forward A’jah Davis first started to get serious about her basketball journey at DeKalb High School, just five minutes out from NIU, the university wasn’t always a part of the plan. But it became the place Davis needed to return...

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