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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.

Men’s basketball to face Cardinals at NIU

By Brian Earle | February 12, 2013

After a one-game road trip against the Buffalo Bulls, men’s basketball will return to the Convocation Center when it takes on Ball State today. With the season dwindling down to a handful of games left, this is a crucial game for the Huskies (5-17,...

Men’s tennis will try to extend 7-match winning streak

By Mike Romor | April 4, 2012

After last weekend’s successful break from MAC action, NIU men’s tennis will matchup at home against Ball State before hitting the road to face Marquette. Ball State (14-7) has lost two of its last three matches and five of its last eight. Before...

Softball earns one win in opening MAC play

By James Cantagallo | April 1, 2012

Opening its MAC play this weekend, NIU softball came away with one victory. The Huskies (13 – 19, 1 -3 MAC) battled in both games Friday, but were unable to come away with a win falling to Miami (Ohio) 8–5 and 7–6 in extra innings. In game one,...

Men’s hoops falls to Ball State

By Brian Thomas | March 4, 2012

NIU men’s basketball made history Saturday, but not in a way that it would have liked to. In their regular season finale, the Huskies (4-25, 3-13 MAC) lost at Ball State, 62-51, making it the worst team in NIU history. With the end of the regular season,...

Coach Sam Morreale talks to the team before the practice round
on the uneven parallel bars in the meet againt Ball State at Victor
E. Court Saturday night.

NIU gymnastics wins first MAC meet

By Matt Hopkinson | February 5, 2012

It seemed a foregone conclusion as a loss. Behind Ball State's abysmal beam and a red-hot floor score, NIU gymnastics won its first MAC meet.As Ball State (1-4, MAC 0-3) headed into its beam event, NIU (2-3, MAC 1-1) was set to leave it all on the floor,...

Huskie center Scott Wedige holds up the Bronze Stalk Trophy,
which has been awarded to the winner of the NIU-Ball State game
since 2008. NIU defeated the Cardinals for the third straight
season, by a score of 41-38.

Huskies beat Cardinals in blackout game

By Eli Gehn | November 16, 2011

Adversity is something NIU football has been through numerous times this season. Adversity popped its head Tuesday night, but NIU persevered and defeated Ball State 4-38 on a 34 yard field goal by kicker Matt Sims with 11 seconds left in regulation. "I...

Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann rushed for three touchdowns in the Huskies 65-30 win over Toledo on Nov. 9.

NIU football takes on Ball State with chance to clinch MAC West title

By Chris Dertz | November 18, 2010

With one more win, the NIU football program will have accomplished what MAC voters believed it would before the season began; first place in the MAC West. After beating Toledo 65-30 at home on Nov. 9, the Huskies (8-2 overall, 6-0 MAC) now hold their...

Breaking down the Ball State Cardinals

By Jimmy Johnson | November 17, 2010

Offense Quarterback: The Cardinals' roster relies on a lot of young players, but everything starts with freshman quarterback Keith Wenning. The true freshman signal caller has gotten the majority of snaps under center, starting nine contests for Ball...

A look around the Mac West

By Jerry Burnes | September 8, 2010

Ball State Cardinals Ball State defeated Southeast Missouri State last week behind 105 yards and a touchdown from running back Eric Williams. Star quarterback Kelly Page was 10-of-17 for 85 yards. The Cardinals rushed for 243 yards as a team with Cory...