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Women’s basketball falls to Western Michigan

By Bob Kreider | March 6, 2013

The women’s basketball team closed out the 2012-13 regular season with a 50-58 loss Wednesday at Western Michigan. NIU took a 22-13 lead after junior guard Ashley Sneed nailed a jump shot with just more than five minutes left in the first half. The...

Sophomore forward Jada Buggs attacks the basket during the Huskies game against the Akron Zips.

Women’s basketball set for Western Michigan

By Bob Kreider | March 5, 2013

Women’s basketball will have its last regular season game on the road against Western Michigan today in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Huskies will look to set the tone for a MAC tournament run starting on March 10. “We would take any win and it would be a...

The Super Bowl is in the Bears’ future

By Bob Kreider | March 4, 2013

The Chicago Bears putting the franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton is proof they are going to try and make a run at the Super Bowl in 2013-14. The franchise tag guarantees a player the average of the top five salaries at his position. In the...

Sophomore Amanda Corral looks to pass in the game against Bowling Green University on 2/16/13.

Women’s basketball prep for Eastern Michigan home game

By Bob Kreider | February 27, 2013

The women’s basketball team will look to get its first home victory since Dec. 12 today against Eastern Michigan (7-19, 5-8 MAC). The Huskies (7-19, 2-11 MAC) have gone 2-3 in their last five games and have lacked consistency overall. However, NIU has...

Sophomore forward embodies women’s basketball’s ideals

By Bob Kreider | February 26, 2013

The women’s basketball team prides itself on defense, hustle, energy and toughness, and redshirt sophomore forward Jenna Thorp embodies all these traits. This is something every coach wants in their players. Head coach Kathi Bennett has done well getting...

Women’s basketball regroups after lead scorer injury

By Bob Kreider | February 25, 2013

The women’s basketball team is approaching the end of its regular season and has three games left before the start of the MAC tournament. NIU is 7-19, 2-11 MAC and hasn’t been able to win consistently. Injuries have plagued the team and the loss of...

Women’s basketball lose to Ball State

By Bob Kreider | February 24, 2013

All good things must come to an end sometime, and for the NIU women's basketball team, that end came too soon.

After pulling off the upset against Kent State on Tuesday, the Huskies (No 3 seed in the MAC West) didn't have enough left in their bag of tricks to pull off the improbable upset against Ball State (No 1 seed in the MAC West) Friday as they fell 83-72 to the Cardinals in the semi-finals of the MAC Tournament at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

"We're disappointed in the loss, we wanted to advance to the championship game," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "I thought we played hard. I thought our seniors

did a great job this year with their leadership. I'm really proud of them."

After falling behind 41-32 at half, NIU was unable to go on a run to get the game close and Ball State didn't give NIU any help by going 17-17 from the foul line.

"I felt like we were a couple baskets away from making this a game," Owens said. "We got ourselves in a hole in the first half. We had a hard time stopping them defensively."

Ball State's spread offense proved to be difficult for NIU to defend. The Cardinals saw five players hitdouble digit scoring with Audrey McDonald leading the way with 18 points. Porchia Green scored 16 to follow, while Julie DeMuth and Lisa Rusche chipped in with 12

each. Kelsey Corbin rounded out the five with 11 points.

The Huskies got solid performances out of underclassmen Kylie York and Beckie Smith. The freshman York, scored 11 points while hitting three three-pointers, while the sophomore Smith, scored a career-high 15 points on 7-8 shooting from the field.

She also recorded a career high in rebounds pulling down 10 boards. NIU guard Stephanie Raymond led all scorers with 23 points. She also had a game-high eight assists.

Women’s basketball falls to Toledo

By Bob Kreider | February 20, 2013

The Huskies were handed a tough road loss, 42-70, against the MAC-leading Toledo Rockets Wednesday.

The Huskies (7-18, 2-10 MAC) weren’t able to get around the Rockets’ defense, which kept pressure on NIU’s offense throughout the game. NIU went into the locker room trailing 19-29 at halftime and was outscored 41-23 in the second half. The Rockets’ defense held NIU to an 18.2 field goal percentage in the second half, only allowing the Huskies to make four shots on 22 attempts.

“Toledo is one of the better defensive teams that we have seen,” said NIU head coach Kathi Bennett. “They forced us into a lot of turnovers throughout the game.”

NIU totaled 23 turnovers, leading to 29 points for the Rockets. Despite shooting 35.7 percent in the first half, the Rockets managed to convert on 60.9 percent of their shots in the second half. Led by redshirt senior guard Naama Shafir’s 25 points, the Rockets managed to shoot 47.1 percent for the game against the Huskies’ third-ranked defense.

Sophomore forward Natecia Augusta discussed Toledo’s defensive approach on Wednesday.

“They put a lot of pressure on our guards and were denying us inside, so the middle was all clogged up,” Augusta said. “It was hard to make plays with [Toledo] flying around.”

Augusta led the Huskies in scoring with 12 points on 2-4 shooting. Augusta shot a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line and felt the Huskies were able to work the ball inside toward the end of the game.

“At the end we got the floor spread out more and I just settled in,” Augusta said. “We just struggle with starting slow. We’ve got to come in more prepared for that. It’s all mental with us.”

The Huskies’ most recent wins have come with some form of production inside. Despite the point differential late in the game, Bennett was happy to see the team get the offense going in the paint.

“We established low-post play late in the game,” Bennett said. “I thought that it was one bright spot of the game.”

The Huskies will play this Saturday on the road against Ball State (11-13, 8-3 MAC). The Cardinals are ranked third in the MAC West division and beat the Huskies 51-57 in their previous matchup despite senior forwards Satavia Taylor’s career-high 24-point game. The Huskies will need to take care of the ball against the Cardinals, who are currently ranked second in the MAC in turnover margin at +3.00.

Women’s basketball to face Toledo

By Bob Kreider | February 20, 2013

The women’s basketball team will head to Toledo for a rematch with the top ranked Rockets’ today. The Huskies (7-17, 2-9 MAC) will have their hands full against a Toledo (22-2, 10-1 MAC) team that is currently on a 10-game winning streak. The Rockets...

Bulls’ Thibs should rest stars

By Bob Kreider | February 18, 2013

I think it’s safe to say most Chicago Bulls fans have been pleasantly surprised with the 30-22 record the Bulls currently have coming out of the All-Star break, especially without former MVP Derrick Rose. The Bulls are second in the central division...

Women’s basketball falls to Bowling Green

By Bob Kreider | February 17, 2013

It was a tough loss for the women’s basketball team as the Huskies fell Saturday at the Convocation Center to Bowling Green State, 49-60. The Falcons (16-8, 7-4 MAC) were too much for the Huskies’ (7-17, 2-9 MAC) defense and made scoring look easy...

Women’s basketball to take on Bowling Green

By Bob Kreider | February 13, 2013

The women’s basketball team is set to continue MAC play against Bowling Green this Saturday at the Convocation Center. The Huskies (7-16, 2-8 MAC) look to secure a third straight MAC win against Bowling Green (15-8, 6-4 MAC). The small but exciting...