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NIU graduate forward Emma Carter shoots a three-pointer near the end of the first half of the Huskies Thursday game at the Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies dominate Western Illinois with historic scoring feat

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 18, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team had a historic performance Thursday on its way to a 100-61 win against Western Illinois University. The Huskies (3-1) defeated Western Illinois (0-4), hitting a team-record 21 three-pointers, along with...

Junior guard Chelby Koker prepares to engage with an Akron player in January. Koker surpassed a total of 1,000 career points scored in NIUs 79-67 victory over Akron in DeKalb last semester.

Huskies survive fourth-quarter surge by Southern Indiana

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | November 15, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team managed to pick up a home win, 61-53, against the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles on Tuesday despite a poor shooting performance in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Chelby Koker and senior...

Women’s basketball downs DePaul in home opener

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 12, 2022

DeKALB – The women's basketball team had a competitive game Saturday against DePaul University, defeating DePaul in an 86-79 victory. This win marks the first win against DePaul in their last 20 matchups and follows their tough loss against Notre Dame...

Womens basketball vs. Bowling Green

Huskies trounced by ranked Irish in season debut

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team suffered a blown out loss, 88-48 against the No. 9 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Monday night in South Bend, Indiana. The Huskies did a poor job in the first half at shooting, defending and...

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Women’s basketball adds Paulina Castro to coaching staff

By Northern Star Sports Staff | June 8, 2022

DeKALB — The clock on former guard Paulina Castro’s tenure with NIU’s women’s basketball program will continue to run as she returns as the team’s director of basketball operations. Women’s basketball head coach Lisa Carlsen announced Castro’s...

Womens basketball vs. Bowling Green

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....

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 Editor | 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’...

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