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Mark Montgomery introduced as new NIU basketball coach

By Andrew Singer | March 24, 2011

Mark Montgomery spoke for the first time as the men's basketball head coach at NIU in a virtual press conference on Thursday afternoon. An assistant to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo since 2001, Montgomery comes to NIU for his first head coaching...

Faceoff: What to do about NIU’s next coach

By Andrew Singer and Brian Thomas | March 22, 2011

Andrew Singer: When NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher fired NIU men's basketball head coach RicardoPatton, he gave the university a chance to start fresh with a new coach. With any luck, the new coach won't be paid $300,000 annually to guide the Huskies...

Men’s season ends on the road, loses to Bowling Green

By Andrew Singer | March 8, 2011

2010-11 came to a merciful end for the NIU men's basketball team on Tuesday evening in the first round of the MAC Tournament. NIU lost 74-54 at Bowling Green, sending the Falcons to Cleveland for the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals. The Huskies (9-21 overall,...

Marke Freeman named second team All-MAC

Marke Freeman named second team All-MAC

By Andrew Singer | March 8, 2011

Marke Freeman was named to the All-MAC Second Team on Tuesday, two days after the NIU women's basketball team ended its season with a loss to Ohio in the MAC Tournament. Freeman joins ex-WNBA players E.C. Hill and Stephanie Raymond as the only Huskies...

Silas garners one vote for Player of the Year

By Northern Star staff | March 7, 2011

Xavier Silas just can't win these days. After going down with an ankle injury against Central Michigan on Feb. 23, Silas has not seen the floor for the Huskies. With Silas being held out of NIU's MAC Tournament-opening game against Bowling Green, the...

Faceoff: Which NIU sports program should face eviction?

By Andrew Singer and Mike Romor | February 28, 2011

Andrew Singer: The Chicago Tribune reported on Friday that the Schaumburg Flyers baseball team have been evicted from their home park for unpaid rent totaling near $900,000. This eviction has me thinking of the current state of NIU sports. Now, it's not...

Men’s basketball snaps losing streak

By Andrew Singer | February 27, 2011

Ricardo Patton breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday evening.While the head coach of the NIU men's basketball team didn't receive any job reassurance, his team did snap an eight-game losing streak, beating Toledo 75-70 on the road in overtime.Down by...

Women’s basketball wins on Senior Day

By Jimmy Johnson | February 27, 2011

DeKALB | Marke Freeman and Ebony Ellis got the memo that it was Senior Day for the NIU women's basketball team.The Huskies (12-16, 6-9 MAC) duo shined on Saturday at the Convocation Center, propelling their team to victory over Toledo (21-7, 13-2 MAC),...

NIUs Xavier Silas grimaces after injuring his ankle in Wednesdays loss to Central Michigan.

NIU gets glimpse of life after Silas

By Jimmy Johnson | February 24, 2011

From the team's first team practice, NIU head coach Ricardo Patton made it known to his other players that eventually, there would be life without Xavier Silas on the basketball court.  With the 2010-11 season being Silas' last hurrah as a Huskie, Patton...

Huskies lose by 27-points in womens basketball

Huskies lose by 27-points in women’s basketball

By Katie Leb | February 20, 2011

A successful trip to Ypsilanti, Mich. was not to be had as the Huskies fell to Eastern Michigan 62-35 on Saturday. After beginning the day with eight straight missed shots, center Ebony Ellis put the Huskies (11-15 overall, 5-8 MAC) on the scoreboard...

Even as an NIU quarterback, DeMarcus Grady was thinking about basketball.

Grady’s well-kept secret

By Andrew Singer | February 17, 2011

Even in a world of 24/7 media scrutiny, DeMarcus Grady managed to keep a secret from NIU football fans. Basketball is the only game Grady truly wanted to play in college. The redshirt junior found himself playing football, however, after a series of...

Freshman File: Danielle Pulliam

By Katie Leb | February 17, 2011

Chris Paul plays for the New Orleans Hornets, while Danielle Pulliam plays for the NIU Huskies. Seemingly different at first glance, these two basketball players share a commonality that created an admiration in the freshman Pulliam.As both players lead...