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Jimmy Johnson and Mike Romor

May 6, 2012

Two prominent and successful student athletes left NIU athletics this year: Lauren Wicinski and Claire Jakubicek. Wicinski, a two-time MAC Volleyball Player of the Year, asked for her release from the program in February. Later, she would be granted her release from NIU, and eventually verbally comm...

No. 5 for the top 10 NIU athletes: Claire Jakubicek

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Matt Hopkinson

April 30, 2012

Typically, when an athlete is just breaking into a team, whether it be a freshman in college, or a rookie in the pros, they don’t get much playing time. However, former NIU women’s basketball player Claire Jakubicek established herself as deserving of the minutes she played and took full advantage of ...

Players leaving NIU raises major concerns

Jimmy Johnson

April 3, 2012

Two years ago, NIU football was hit with a major loss when then coach Jerry Kill bolted for Minnesota. It was a decision that left many bitter, upset and questioned what went into Kill’s choice to leave. Soon after the Kill departed, Jeff Compher, NIU Athletic Director, offered his opinion. “It’...

Jakubicek plans to transfer out of NIU

Jimmy Johnson

April 3, 2012

Without Claire Jakubicek, NIU women’s basketball managed to make it to the MAC Women’s Tournament quarterfinals. But now, the Huskies won’t have the chance to play again with the 2011 MAC Freshman of the Year next season. NIU spokeswoman Donna Turner confirmed Jakubicek will transfer. Turner didn’...

Jakubicek captures MAC freshman of the year

Matt Hopkinson

March 6, 2012

For the first time since the 2003-04 season and the second time ever, an NIU women’s basketball player received the award of being the MAC Freshman Player of the Year. Freshman forward Claire Jakubicek was named as the winner by the league Tuesday, and the announcement took her by complete surprise. “I...

Huskies look to cash in at Quicken Loans arena

Matt Hopkinson

March 6, 2012

NIU women’s basketball will be in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena for the second round of the MAC tournament for the first time since 2009. The No. 7 seeded Huskies (13-16, 6-7 MAC) will square off against number No. 6 seeded Akron (14-17, 7-9 MAC) Wednesday to decide who will face No. 3 s...

Huskies get defensive over MAC play

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Matt Hopkinson

February 29, 2012

Coming off a tooth and nail overtime loss to Western Michigan, NIU women’s basketball will now begin MAC tournament play. Ironically enough, they will be squaring off against, none other than Western Michigan. Only five games ago, the Huskies seemed able to make a strong push into tournament play, ridi...

CMU cruises past NIU

Eli Gehn

February 22, 2012

Without forward Claire Jakubicek, NIU women’s basketball suffered its second consecutive 20-point loss.The Huskies (12-14, 6-8 MAC) fell to Central Michigan (14-14, 6-8 MAC) Wednesday 73-50.“Losing Claire has been a big loss for us,” said NIU assistant coach Shannon Baugh. “She was able to contri...

NIU men’s, women’s basketball get some love on Valentine’s Day

Jimmy Johnson

February 13, 2012

Since it's Valentine's Day, it's time to show some love to NIU athletics.Specifically, I'll be shedding some affection for the Huskies' basketball teams.Here's some love for NIU hoops... 1) Kathi Bennett/Amanda Corral/Claire Jakubicek Mad props to Bennett, who is in her second year at the helm as the NIU w...

Corral, Jakubicek are the perfect pieces for women’s hoops

Eli Gehn

February 7, 2012

Building a basketball program is like building a brick house, or any kind of house for that matter.Each building needs pieces to help construct it to make it stable.The NIU women's basketball program is building its infrastructure to make the program stable for the coming years. Freshmen Claire Jakubic...

Huskies still in the hunt

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Matt Hopkinson

January 30, 2012

MAC play couldn't have started any worse than it did for NIU women's basketball.Perhaps that actually turns into an advantage for them moving forward.With an overwhelming amount of youth on the roster, the Huskies got a taste of what it takes to compete in hostile environments in game situations that dir...

Jakubicek’s dreams become reality

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Eli Gehn

January 30, 2012

For freshman forward Claire Jakubicek, playing basketball was something she wanted to do since she was little. "My dad and I would watch TV, and we would see the girls in the WNBA and on different college teams playing," Jakubicek said. "I remember that's when I started falling in love with the game...