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From left: NIU then-senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3), then-senior guard Darweshi Hunter (24), and then-sophomore guard David Coit (11) get in position to play after a Huskies free throw during an NIU mens basketball home game on Feb. 7, 2023. Thornton and Hunter both transferred from NIU to the University of Akron and Miami University, respectively. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

NIU Athletics’ transfers: Who’s hot and who’s not?

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 20, 2024

Like many schools, NIU fell victim to the transfer portal last season. Some departed Huskie athletes are doing better and some are doing worse.  Here are a few athletes who have gotten off to a hot start in their new homes and then some who have gone...

Kent State grad student forward Lindsey Thall (44) reaches toward NIU senior forward AJah Davis (25) for an incoming pass during the MAC Womens Basketball Tournament on March 8 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. (Joseph Segreti | Northern Star)

Record-holder Davis transfers to Seton Hall

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | April 19, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior forward A’Jah Davis announced Tuesday on her Instagram that she has committed to Seton Hall University.  The DeKalb native spent the last four seasons at NIU, finishing with career averages of 12.7 PPG (points per game) and...

Kim Goranson sitting in the crowd to support her son, senior guard Kaleb Thornton, during NIU Mens Basketballs Mid-American Conference tournament showdown against the Kent State University Golden Flashes on Thursday in Cleveland. Goranson drove from Bolingbrook, IL to see her son on the MACs biggest stage. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Huskie parents support their stars on the big stage

By Alex Crowe and Joseph Segreti | March 9, 2023

DeKALB – The Mid-American Conference basketball tournament in Cleveland brought people from all over the Midwest to watch NIU basketball.  Friends and family members of players were in attendance to watch their athletes play at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse,...

Kent State grad student forward Lindsey Thall (44) reaches toward NIU senior forward AJah Davis (25) for an incoming pass during the MAC Womens Basketball Tournament on March 8 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. (Joseph Segreti | Northern Star)

3-point barrage from Kent State eliminates Huskies from MAC tournament

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | March 8, 2023

NIU women’s basketball was defeated by Kent State University 75-68 Wednesday in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland.  Led by senior guards Katie Shumate and Clare Kelly, the Golden Flashes hit 11 of their 26...

Huskies senior guard Chelby Koker (10) advances the ball down court past Kent State junior guard Casey Santoro (0) during the matchup Wednesday.  Koker racked up 21 points throughout the game at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

3 Huskies bring home MAC honors

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 7, 2023

DeKALB –  The Mid-American Conference announced the All-MAC teams and specialty awards given to players in the conference Tuesday. NIU women’s basketball had three players honored: senior forward A’Jah Davis, senior guard Chelby Koker and graduate...

AJah Davis secures her second Huskie of the Week honor.

Davis breaks record, earns second Huskie of the Week honor

By Northern Star Sports Staff | March 6, 2023

DeKALB – Senior forward A’Jah Davis broke the NIU women’s basketball double-double record in the team's 73-63 win over Eastern Michigan University on March 1 to earn her second Huskie of the Week honor.  Davis posted 19 points on 8-for-17 shooting...

Huskies senior forward AJah Davis (25) runs down the court during NIUs matchup with Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at the NIU Convocation Center. Davis and the Huskies clinched a seeding in the MAC Basketball Championship bracket for next week after the Huskies beat Eastern 73-63. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

A’Jah Davis breaks double-double record in win over EMU

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2023

DeKALB – Senior forward A’Jah Davis broke the all-time NIU double-double record as the Huskies defeated Eastern Michigan University 73-63 and clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament. Davis finished the game with 19 points on 8-for-17...

Senior forward AJah Davis (25) looks for an opening to pass the ball in the first half of the game on Jan. 25. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Davis ties double-double record in victory over CMU

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior forward A’Jah Davis shined on Senior Day as she tied the school record for double-doubles and led her team to an 84-80 double overtime win against Central Michigan University. SENIOR DAY NIU celebrated Senior Day to give recognition...

Akron defenders guard against redshirt senior guard Janae Poisson at the NIU Convocation Center on Feb. 8. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball blown out at Miami

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 22, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (14-12, 6-9 MAC) fell short to Miami University (11-17, 6-9 MAC) in Wednesday’s competition, losing 88-67.  This was a significant loss for the Huskies as they head into the season’s final stretch with three...

NIU senior forward AJah Davis goes for a layup in the second period of the Huskies Nov. 17 game against the Western Illinois University Leathernecks at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies posted 12 layups in Saturdays loss to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies suffer home upset by winless SIUE

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | December 18, 2022
NIU's women's basketball was stunned by SIUE at home Saturday as the winless Cougars snapped the Huskies' eight-game win streak.
(From left) NIU senior guard Chelby Koker, sophomore forward Laura Nickel, a pair of Western Illinois University players and senior forward AJah Davis play during NIUs most recent home game, a 100-61 win over WIU on Nov. 17. Koker and Davis combined for 38 points in NIUs 67-56 win over Lindenwood University on Monday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Koker, Davis push Huskies to eighth straight win

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | December 12, 2022

NIU women’s basketball has wrapped up its five-game road trip undefeated after prevailing 67-56 in its first ever meeting with Lindenwood University Monday, pushing the Huskies to their eighth straight win. A fourth quarter offensive stall by the...