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Lisa Carlsen, womens basketball Head Coach, speaks about the team at Media Day Nov. 2, 2017.

Women’s basketball hopes for sustained success

By Eddie Garcia | November 2, 2017

Lisa Carlsen, women's basketball Head Coach, speaks about the team at Media Day Tuesday. The Huskies begin their season 1 p.m. Saturday against Benedictine at the Convocation Center.   

Carlsen awarded Coach of the Year

By Krystal Ward | May 4, 2017

DeKALB — Lisa Carlsen, women’s basketball head coach, was selected as one of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Division I Coaches of the Year on Monday.The association recognized coaches at all levels in the NCAA — National Junior...

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.

Members of the womens basketball team watch as their team loses on Senior Night. The Huskies also fell in the WNIT to South Dakota State University.

Huskie women fall in postseason play

By Danielle Brown | March 17, 2017

Members of the women's basketball team watch as their team loses on Senior Night. The Huskies also fell in the WNIT to South Dakota State University.

Members of the women’s basketball team celebrate a win Feb. 4 against Western Michigan University. The team will face Western Michigan 10 a.m. Friday for a chance at playing for the MAC Championship. 

Women’s hoops survive; advance

By Danielle Brown | March 9, 2017

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team completed its largest comeback in program history Wednesday when it erased a 22-point deficit in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.NIU (20-11, 12-6 MAC) defeated the Ohio University Bobcats,...

Senior Huskies: leaving on a high note

By Danielle Brown | March 6, 2017

(Left) Three seniors--guard Ally Lehman and forwards Amber Gray and Cassidy Glenn stand together before Wednesday's game at the Convocation Center. The seniors have led NIU to its most conference wins ever with 12.

Members of the women’s basketball team watch as its team loses on Senior Night. The Huskies earned a first-round bye in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and are the No. 4 seed. 

Women’s hoops defensive struggles continue in loss

By Eddie Garcia | March 5, 2017

Members of the women’s basketball team watch as its team loses on Senior Night. The Huskies earned a first-round bye in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and are the No. 4 seed. 

The womens team wore American flag socks for Senior Night Wednesday in support of senior guard Ally Lehmans decision to join Active Duty in the Army post graduation.

Women’s hoops loses despite guard’s double-double

By Danielle Brown | March 2, 2017

The women's team wore American flag socks for Senior Night Wednesday in support of senior guard Ally Lehman's decision to join Active Duty in the Army post graduation.

Forward notches career-high; NIU still falls short

By Danielle Brown | February 19, 2017

DeKALB — Redshirt senior forward Cassidy Glenn had a career-high 22 rebounds, fourth most in a single game in NIU history, but the Huskies fell short, 92-84, Saturday against the Ball State University Cardinals.The Huskies were trailing the Cardinals...

Womens basketball welcomes back 1990-91 team

Women’s basketball welcomes back 1990-91 team

By Courtesy NIU Media Services | February 16, 2017

NIU hosted an Alumni day Feb. 4 when they welcomed back a slew of Huskies, including members of the 1990-91 women’s basketball team. The 2016-17 team took a picture replicating the 1990-91 team as they have drawn many comparisons to them. The women’s team defeated Western Michigan University, 67-62.

Guard puts up 33 points in win

By Eddie Garcia | February 16, 2017

DeKALB — After six lead changes and four ties in the fourth quarter, the women’s basketball team battled past the Miami University Redhawks, 63-61, to give NIU the season sweep.Senior guard Ally Lehman ignited the offense as she scored the team's...

Sophomore continues to flourish

By Krystal Ward | February 16, 2017

DeKALB — Women’s basketball sophomore guard Mikayla Voigt continues to progress from her freshman season. Voigt has scored 13 or more points in 12 of the 24 games she has played this season and leads the Mid-American Conference in free-throw percentage...