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Women’s basketball defeats Kent State

By Jacob Onak | February 10, 2013

NIU women's basketball won back-to-back games for the fourth time this season.

The Huskies (9-11, 3-5 MAC) defeated Kent State (5-13, 4-4 MAC) 66-55 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

"Overall, they played better than we did," said Kent State coach Bob Lindsay. "We weren't very consistent out there today."

NIU was on fire to open the game, shooting 71 percent from the field and knocking down its first five three pointers.

Senior Courtney Shelton set the tone offensively for the Huskies, scoring a game-high 23 points and hitting five of 10 shots from beyond the arc.

"As a team, we were really just attacking gaps, getting people open," Shelton said. "A lot of people got good looks tonight, and we were knocking down shots. That's a good feeling, and it gives us confidence heading into our next couple games."

The Huskies had a lead as high as 18 points in the first half as the game looked like it may have been a blowout.

But once NIU cooled off shooting from the field, the Golden Flashes slowly chipped away at the deficit and came back multiple times to pull within a couple possessions.

However, Kent State couldn't get over that final hurdle to take a lead.

"We were disappointing in places," Lindsay said. "We cut the lead to five a couple of different times, gave up an offensive rebound, gave up a play that we shouldn't have given up and that hurt us."

The Huskies have a defense-first mentality, but the offense has slowly started to come together, making them more of a threat as the season continues.

"I think it's because we have some confidence with the ball," said NIU coach Kathi Bennett. "We're poised, our spacing is so much better and we believe in ourselves that we can attack gaps and make shots."

NIU was one again highly successful from the free throw line, shooting 82 percent as a team.

Freshmen Claire Jakubicek and Amanda Corral joined Shelton by putting up double digit points for the second consecutive game. Both also flirted with a double-double as they each had eight rebounds.

After the six game losing streak the Huskies had over winter break, the team has found a rhythm during a critical point in the year.

"We've been consistent in practice ever since the Buffalo game," Bennett said. "I think sometimes you really got to get in a valley to wake up. I think we've really executed well offensively, we have a tact, we read our defense, share the ball, we're playing really good basketball on both ends right now."

Softball ready for Missouri Tournament

By Eli Gehn | March 7, 2012

NIU softball will hit the road again this weekend when it travels to the Missouri Tournament. The Huskies (5-7) will take on Alcorn State and Boise State Saturday before playing Boise State again and Missouri Sunday. “We’re working a lot on approaching...

Dortch has desire to help NIU become winner

Dortch has desire to help NIU become winner

By Eli Gehn | March 7, 2012

Megan Dortch’s father never wanted her to play just one sport when she was growing up. Dortch played soccer before she started playing softball at age 8, and she’s been playing ever since. But she didn’t start out as a pitcher. “I started off...

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Faceoff: Spring outlook for NIU football

By Jimmy Johnson & Eli Gehn | March 6, 2012

Jimmy Johnson: March 28 will mark the start of NIU football spring practices. With Chandler Harnish, four out of the five starters departing from the offensive line, there are major questions surrounding the Huskies’ offense. On defense, Tyrone Clarke...

Women’s hoops to play Western Michigan in last regular season game

By Eli Gehn | February 27, 2012

NIU women’s basketball will play its last regular season matchup today against Western Michigan. The Huskies (12-15, 6-9 MAC) defeated the Broncos (7-20, 4-10 MAC) 53-41 in January, which ended a six-game losing streak. NIU is currently on a three-game...

CMU cruises past NIU

By 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...

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Softball set to open 2012 season this weekend

By Eli Gehn and Brian Belford | February 8, 2012

NIU softball will get its 2012 season under way in Hammond, La. Friday.The Huskies will play five games this weekend in the Southern Louisiana Tournament against Southern University and Nicholls State. NIU will play Tennessee-Martin and Troy Saturday...

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

By 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...

NIU head coach Dave Doeren details the 2012 recuriting class as
part of National Signing Day Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies inked
31 recruits including 16 from Illinois.

Doeren lands 31 new recruits for NIU football team

By Eli Gehn | February 1, 2012

Thirty-one new faces will join the NIU football come fall 2012.Huskies coach Dave Doeren received 23 national letters of intent wednesday, along with eight walk-ons. Out of the 31 recruits, 16 of them will be from Illinois."I think that's a drastic change...

Patriots beat Giants… not really

By Eli Gehn | February 1, 2012

Editor's note: This is a recap of a simulation run on the vidego game Madden NFL 2012. None of the people, quotes, or events specified in this story actually happened. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have done it once again.The New England Patriots defeated...

Sports writers Eli Gehn and Matt Hopkinson discuss Super Bowl XLVI matchup between Giants and Patriots

By Eli Gehn and Matt Hopkinson | January 31, 2012

Eli Gehn: Well, Matt, the Super Bowl is finally upon us. Most people, including me, didn't have these two squaring up to fight for the Lombardi trophy. I personally would've liked to see the Ravens vs. 49ers. But thanks to the choking of Lee Evans, Billy...

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Jakubicek’s dreams become reality

By 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...