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Redshirt junior guard Sidney McCrea (2) signals to her teammates as she dribbles the ball up the court against Bowling Green State University Feb. 24. McCrea earned her first career double-double in a 69-54 loss to University of Akron Saturday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies drop third straight after falling to Akron

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (13-15, 6-10 MAC) picked up it’s third-straight loss after falling to the University of Akron Zips (10-17, 5-11 MAC) 69-54.  Poor shooting held the Huskies back, as they finished 32.8% from the field and 21.4% from three-point...

Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) scans the court on offense against Bowling Green State University on Feb. 24. Marable scored 19 points in a 74-61 loss to the University of Toledo Rockets Wednesday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies fall to Wiard-led Rockets in final home game of the season

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (13-14, 6-9 MAC) fell to the University of Toledo Rockets (22-4, 14-1 MAC) 74-61 in it’s last home game of the season.  Fifth-year guard Sophia Wiard paved the way for the Rockets, scoring 16 points and dishing...

Senior forward Brooke Stonebraker (34) attempts to box out Bowling Green State University senior forward Sophie Dziekan (3). Stonebraker scored 13 points in a 82-73 loss to the Falcons Saturday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball falls short in offensive outburst

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | February 24, 2024

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (13-13, 6-8 MAC) drops 82-73 shootout as the Bowling Green State University Falcons (14-11, 8-6 MAC) soared on the back of junior guard Amy Velasco. Velasco was a powerhouse on both sides of the ball, accumulating...

Senior forward Brooke Stonebraker (34) shoots a jump shot over an Akron University opponent. Stonebraker earned her eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds in Wednesdays win over the University at Buffalo Bulls. (Northern Star File Photo)

Women’s basketball decisively defeats Bulls in rematch

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | February 22, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (13-12, 6-7 MAC) cruised past the University at Buffalo Bulls (14-10, 7-6 MAC) by a score of 66-57, leading for 35 minutes of game time in a revenge win. Five weeks after losing to the Bulls at home, the Huskies bit back to...

Junior guard Laura Nickel (32) dribbles the ball down the court toward her teammates Feb. 14 against Western Michigan University. Nickel recorded a season-high 12 points in Saturdays win over Eastern Michigan University. (Katherine Follmer | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball rebounds to take rematch over EMU

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | February 17, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (12-12, 5-7 MAC) survived a rematch with the Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-17, 2-10 MAC), winning 61-52 three days after a season-low score of 47. The Eagles gave the Huskies a scare with a third-quarter buzzer-beater to take...

Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) ducks under Western Michigan senior guard Gabi Saxman (10) in a drive to the basket. Marable contributed 11 points in the Huskies loss on Wednesday. (Katherine Follmer | Northern Star)

No shot for women’s basketball against Western Michigan

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | February 14, 2024

DeKALB – Poor shooting plagued NIU women’s basketball (11-12, 4-7 MAC) as the Huskies were thwarted by the Western Michigan University Broncos (10-12, 5-6 MAC) by a score of 65-47. The Huskies shot just 34% from the field and went 1-for-15 from...

Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) dribbles the ball past Georgia Southern sophomore guard Paris Miller (2). Marable led the team to a victory with a career-high 26 points. (Katherine Follmer | Northern Star)

Marable dominates as Huskies pick up second-straight win

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 10, 2024

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (11-11, 4-6 MAC) overpowered the Georgia Southern University Eagles (13-12, 3-9 SBC) 91-84 in the second part of the MAC-SBC Challenge.  Senior guard Jayden Marable keyed the charge with a career-high 26 points....

Redshirt junior guard Sidney McCrea drives past a Ball State University defender in an NIU womens basketball home game Wednesday. McCrea led the Huskies in scoring with 17 points in a 76-71 victory over the Cardinals. (Katherine Follmer | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball topples first-place Ball State in overtime

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | February 8, 2024

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (10-11, 4-6 MAC) conquered MAC frontrunner Ball State University (20-3, 10-1 MAC) in an electric 76-71 overtime thriller. The Huskies become the third team to defeat Ball State this season, joining the University...

Senior forward Brooke Stonebraker shoots a jump hook over an Eastern Illinois University opponent on Dec. 18, 2023. Stonebraker is currently second in the MAC in rebounds and third among forwards in points per game. (Northern Star file photo)

COLUMN: Creating the MAC women’s basketball All-Star team

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | February 1, 2024

With the NBA All-Star Game right around the corner and conference play for MAC basketball at its halfway point, now is the perfect time to draft an All-Star team for women’s basketball in the MAC. Without a formal All-Star Game in place to combine...

Senior forward Brooke Stonebraker (34) shoots a jump shot over an Akron University opponent. Stonebraker scored 15 points in a 72-54 loss to Bowling Green State University on Wednesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Second quarter crumble fuels blowout loss for women’s basketball

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | January 31, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (9-11, 3-6 MAC) collapsed in the second quarter and fell 72-54 to Bowling Green State University (11-8, 5-4 MAC). The Huskies drop to two games below .500 with their third consecutive loss. The Huskies jumped to a 24-18 lead...

Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) attempts to create space and drive past Akron junior guard Kaia Woods (0). The Huskies and Akron are scheduled to face off again March. 2 in Ohio. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball loses heartbreaker to Akron

By Angel Morales and Lucas Didier | January 28, 2024

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (9-10, 3-5 MAC) lost in dramatic fashion to the University of Akron (7-11, 2-6 MAC). The back and forth battle ended on a last-second miss from junior guard Laura Nickel that kept the score at 61-59.  The Huskies...

Then-junior guard Jayden Marable attempts to dribble past a defender in an NIU womens basketball home game against Ball State University on Feb. 18, 2023. Marable, the shortest player listed on NIUs current roster, is second in rebounds per game for the Huskies. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

COLUMN: NIU women’s basketball has become the face of mediocrity

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | January 25, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (9-9, 3-4 MAC) has dropped to .500 for the fifth time this season as it lost by double-digits for the seventh time this season. The Huskies have capitalized on the cushy games in their schedule, going 8-2 against teams with...