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Women’s tennis loses at MAC

By Danielle Brown | April 30, 2017

DeKALB — The Huskies traveled to Muncie, Indiana to face the Miami University Redhawks in the Mid-American Conference Championship Friday, which was hosted by Ball State University.The Huskies (10-13, 4-4 MAC), seeded at No. 5, saw an end to their season...

Women’s tennis win regular season finale

By Danielle Brown | April 23, 2017

DeKALB — The Huskies (10-12, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) were able to post a 5-2 win over the Bowling Green State University Falcons to push ahead to MAC Championship play during the Friday regular season finale.This is the Huskies' first appearance...

Senior Pauline Chawafambira volleys on the West tennis courts at NIU. Chawafambira lost her final home match (6-2, 6-1) Friday in Rockford.

Women’s tennis wins on Senior Day

By Danielle Brown | April 16, 2017

Senior Pauline Chawafambira volleys on the West tennis courts at NIU. Chawafambira lost her final home match (6-2, 6-1) Friday in Rockford.

Top 5 Athletes

Top 5 Athletes

By Scott A. Nicol | April 10, 2017

Here are Sports Editor Christopher Loggins’ top five athletes of the 2015-16 academic year.

No. 1

Although football didn’t end its season the way it probably would have hoped to, junior cornerback Shawun Lurry ends the 2015-16 year as the No. 1 NIU athlete.

Lurry emerged as one of the top corners in the nation this season, leading the Football Bowl Subdivision in interceptions with nine. His impressive year led to him being named an All-American, becoming only the fourth player in NIU history to do so. His career high in interceptions came in at a Sep. 19 game against Ohio State University when he picked up two.

Lurry notched an interception in five straight games, making him one of the Huskies’ leaders on defense throughout the year.

No. 2

Senior softball catcher Emily Naegele comes in at No. 2 on the list of top athletes for the year after she put together one of the best regular seasons in softball history.

Naegele played and started in all 51 games for the Huskies this season, the only player on the team to do so. She hit for an average of .407 and blasted 18 home runs, the most an NIU player has ever hit in a season.

The senior picked up 52 RBI’s, 10 doubles, two triples and 44 runs, all while boasting an .876 slugging percentage. She also led the team in on base percentage with .525.

Naegele took home the MAC West Player of the Week award three times this season and was a big part of the 14-game winning streak by the Huskies.

The Huskies finished the regular season 33-18 and won their first division title since 2000.

No. 3

Ally Lehman, junior women’s basketball guard, is No. 3 on the list of top athletes following a year in which she put up stellar numbers for the Huskies.

Lehman averaged 13.4 points and 11 rebounds, breaking the NIU record for rebounds in a season with 323. She also finished the year with 15 double doubles.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of Lehman’s season was a night she scored an NIU-record 41 points in a Feb. 24 game against Western Michigan University — 29 of her 41 points came in the second half.

“She’s somebody who, as a team captain, an upperclassman, somebody who did bring a lot of game experience to the court,” said NIU head coach Lisa Carlsen, according to a March 21 Northern Star article.

No. 4

Women’s tennis junior Adey Osabuohien completed the year being named First Team All-MAC, good enough to land her a spot at No. 4 for top athletes this season.

Osabuohien went 16-3 in individual matches and 5-1 in conference matchups on her way to becoming the fifth player in the history of the program to be named to First Team All-MAC. She finished the year with 23 combined wins.

No. 5

Men’s basketball put together one of the best seasons of all NIU sports this season, and its impressive play has earned the entire team the fifth spot on the top five athletes list.

The Huskies finished the season 21-13 and 18-1 at home, putting together one of their best seasons in recent memory. They made it to the second round of the MAC Tournament, taking a loss to Ohio University.

The team got great contributions from all of its players, a huge key to its success throughout the year. The Huskies also got a big boost from their freshman class and bench, helping the team in its historic year.

Women’s tennis set for opponent

By Danielle Brown | April 5, 2017

DeKALB — The women’s tennis team is coming off a successful weekend as it got its first pair of wins since Feb. 11.The team struggled for nearly six weeks to find success but perservered in a match against conference opponents.The Huskies (8-10, 2-2...

Osabuohien takes first singles MAC award

By Danielle Brown | April 25, 2016

Women’s tennis junior Adey Osabuohien was named Mid-American Conference singles Player of the Week on Thursday, the first time she has won the award in her career.Osabuohien is the first Huskie to win MAC Player of the Week this season. She went 2-0...

Do-or-die in last week of season for women’s tennis

By Danielle Brown | April 21, 2016

Women’s tennis heads into its final week of the season at sixth place in the MAC, and must defeat both Miami University and Eastern Michigan University in order to make it to the tournament.Continuing to lead the Huskies is junior Adey Osabuohien, who...

Women’s tennis falls out of conference race

By Danielle Brown | April 18, 2016

Women’s tennis (6-12, 1-5 MAC) went 0-2 over the weekend, dropping games to the University at Buffalo on Friday and Western Michigan University on Saturday.Junior Adey Osabuohien came up big again for the Huskies, winning her singles matches in both...

Sophomore Evelyn Youel serves during a match against Western Michigan University on April 12, 2015.

Women’s tennis looks to end 3-game losing streak in upcoming match

By Danielle Brown | April 14, 2016

Sophomore Evelyn Youel serves during a match against Western Michigan University on April 12, 2015.

Women’s tennis drops in MAC standings, 4 games left to play

By Danielle Brown | April 11, 2016

Women’s tennis traveled to Toledo, Ohio on Friday to play against the University of Toledo, taking a 6-1 defeat.The Huskies (6-10, 1-3 MAC) picked up a win in their No. 1 singles match thanks to a strong performance from junior Adey Osabuohien, who...

Women’s tennis struggles to win games late in season

By Danielle Brown | April 4, 2016

Women’s tennis (6-9, 1-2 MAC) played at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford for the last time this season Friday, losing to the University of Akron (13-6, 3-0 MAC) with a 7-0 score line.Junior Adey Osabuohien came close to winning her No. 1 singles...