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NIU women’s basketball: Four pack of Huskies make Academic All-MAC Team

By Northern Star staff | April 21, 2015

A quartet of women's basketball student-athletes were named to the Academic All-MAC Team, the conference announced Monday.Seniors Amanda Corral, Alex Dumoulin, Danny Pulliam and Jenna Thorp made the cut for the award. Student-athletes must have a 3.20...

NIU women’s basketball: Head coach Kathi Bennett guides Huskies through troubling times

By Frank Gogola | March 16, 2015

Women’s basketball won 12 games and lost 17 times in 2014-15. It went 8-10 in conference play and was bounced from the MAC Tournament in the first round. It registered only three victories away from home.Yet, 2014-15 proved to be head coach Kathi Bennett’s...

NIU women’s basketball: Huskies end 4-game skid

By Walter Douglas | February 26, 2015

What happenedWomen’s basketball (11-14, 7-8 MAC) stopped its four-game losing streak by beating the Central Michigan Chippewas (12-14, 7-8 MAC), 69-62, Wednesday at the Convocation Center.It was the Huskies’ first win over Central Michigan since 2011.How...

Senior guard Amanda Corral (22) shoots over a Ball State defender Saturday at the Convocation Center. Corral scored 16 points, but her final bucket was waved off as the clock had expired, and NIU lost, 51-50.

NIU women’s basketball: Huskies lose as Amanda Corral’s buzzer beater waved off

By Frank Gogola | February 23, 2015

What happenedWomen’s basketball (10-14, 6-8 MAC) suffered a 51-50 loss to the Ball State Cardinals (15-10, 11-3 MAC) Saturday at the Convocation Center as senior guard Amanda Corral’s buzzer beater was waved off.How it happenedCorral caught an inbounds...

Sophomore Ally Lehman (31) shoots a free throw Feb. 11 in the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at the Convocation Center. Lehman has played in 53 games, starting 50 of them, during her two seasons at NIU.

NIU women’s basketball: Ally Lehman aims high for future role

By Walter Douglas | February 19, 2015

Women’s basketball’s sophomore Ally Lehman is preparing to have a larger role offensively and leadership-wise next season.The focus is on Lehman because the graduating class of 2015 includes four key players: guards Danny Pulliam and Amanda Corral...

Women’s basketball salvages win

By Frank Gogola | November 30, 2014

Women’s basketball’s offense came out of hibernation as the Huskies picked up a win in their third and final game over Thanksgiving break.The Huskies (2-4) lost to the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 55-46, in senior guard Amanda Corral’s return Wednesday...

Women’s hoops duels Crusaders

By Frank Gogola | November 19, 2014

Women’s basketball’s defense faces its toughest task of the season when the Valparaiso Crusaders come to DeKalb today.The Huskies (1-1) host the Crusaders (1-1) 6 p.m. at the Convocation Center. Through two games the Crusaders are averaging 70 points...

Smith leads women’s basketball to win

By Frank Gogola | November 16, 2014

Kelly Smith, women’s basketball freshman forward, didn’t expect to play 36 minutes in her first collegiate game.Smith scored a game-high 17 points in those 36 minutes as the Huskies (1-0) beat the Illinois State Redbirds (0-1), 55-51, Saturday at...

Face Off: Better basketball season

By Steve Shonder | November 12, 2014

Men’s basketball comes into this season having completed the biggest turnaround in program history. It went 15-17 and 8-11 in the MAC last season, which was a 10-win improvement from the previous campaign. Now, the Huskies are returning four of their...

Women’s basketball upset by Lewis

By Steve Shonder | November 9, 2014

Women’s basketball couldn’t overcome a poor defensive performance in the first half, dropping its exhibition game Saturday.The Huskies fell to the Lewis Flyers, 60-49, at the Convocation Center. Lewis, of Div. II, shot 61.5 percent from field in the...

Women’s hoops plays exhibition against Flyers

By Northern Star Staff | November 5, 2014

Women’s basketball will see its lone preseason action when Lewis comes to DeKalb.The Huskies host the Lewis Flyers 3 p.m. Saturday at the Convocation Center.The Flyers are ranked No. 9 in the preseason USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Women’s Basketball...

Danny Pulliam (left), redshirt senior point guard, dribbles the ball Feb. 9 at the Convocation Center against the Ball State Cardinals. After working her way back from an injury last season, Pulliam will take on an increased role with other players recovering from offseason injuries early this season.

Injuries plague women’s basketball

By Frank Gogola | October 28, 2014

Women’s basketball is focused on healing up for the conference season as it heads into the 2014-15 campaign with nearly half its roster expected to miss part or all of the season.Of the 14-woman roster, three Huskies will miss the entire season, while...