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Then-freshman guard Chelby Koker brings the ball up the court in the Huskies Jan. 15 loss to Kent State University at the Convocation Center in 2020. (Araya Venegas/Northern Star)

Koker snags second MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week

By Northern Star Sports Staff | January 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball senior guard Chelby Koker earned her second Mid-American Conference Scholar Athlete of the Week of the 2022-23 season Wednesday following her pair of game performances this past week. Koker previously earned the honor...

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...

Junior guard Chelby Koker prepares to engage with an Akron player in January. Koker surpassed a total of 1,000 career points scored in NIUs 79-67 victory over Akron in DeKalb last semester.

Huskies survive fourth-quarter surge by Southern Indiana

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | November 15, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team managed to pick up a home win, 61-53, against the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles on Tuesday despite a poor shooting performance in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Chelby Koker and senior...

NIU senior guard Chelby Koker put up 24 points in her first regular season home game since suffering a season-ending injury during the 2021 season. (Graphic by Harrison Linden)

Koker claims Huskie of the Week after ‘boneyard’ win

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 14, 2022

DeKALB – Senior guard Chelby Koker has become the first NIU women’s basketball player to earn Huskie of the Week honors, two days after NIU’s 86-79 defeat of the DePaul University Blue Demons on Saturday. Koker headed up NIU’s scoring efforts...

Women’s basketball downs DePaul in home opener

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 12, 2022

DeKALB – The women's basketball team had a competitive game Saturday against DePaul University, defeating DePaul in an 86-79 victory. This win marks the first win against DePaul in their last 20 matchups and follows their tough loss against Notre Dame...

NIU women’s basketball drops third straight game in loss to Central Michigan

By Quentin Wilson | February 23, 2020

DeKALB — Women’s basketball lost a nailbiter to the Central Michigan University Chippewas 70-66 for its third straight loss. “I felt like we had our chances against a really good Central Michigan team,” Head Coach Lisa Carlsen said. “I thought...

Redshirt senior Courtney Woods (left) looks to make a pass Feb. 1 during NIUs 64-63 win over the University at Buffalo at the Convocation Center.

Woods becomes NIU’s second leading scorer all-time in loss to Ball State

By Justin Kelley | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods became NIU’s second leading scorer in program history. Woods passed Carol Owens on the list by scoring 18 points in a 97-89 loss to the Ball State University Cardinals on Wednesday.  Woods passed Owens...

Redshirt senior forward Ally May finds space for a layup Nov. 5 during NIU’s home loss to Harvard University at the Convocation Center.

Fourth-quarter struggles cripple Huskies in loss to Milwaukee

By Justin Kelley | December 6, 2019

DeKALB — Turnovers and an inability to score in opportune situations Thursday led to the demise of the women’s basketball team. NIU lost 78-65 to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panthers, falling to 3-5 on the season.NIU had control most of...

Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods follows through on a free-throw attempt Nov. 5 against Harvard University at the Convocation Center.

Coyotes shoot lights out in women’s basketball loss to South Dakota

By Quentin Wilson | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — The second day of the Huskies’ back-to-back games at the South Point Shootout was nowhere near as graceful as the first. The women’s basketball team suffered from a 91-48 loss Saturday to the University of South Dakota. The Coyotes had...

Junior guard Gabby Nikitinaite (right)- leans in for a drive to the basket Nov. 5 during NIU’s season-opening loss against Harvard University at the Convocation Center.

Huskies snap two-game losing skid as Woods, Koker lead women’s basketball to victory

By Justin Kelley | November 30, 2019

DeKALB — The women's basketball team picked up a much needed win Friday against the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles, winning 82-74 and snapping a two-game losing skid.NIU was led by redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods with 23 points and six...