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Then-redshirt sophomore guard Sidney McCrea (2) looks to pass the ball after gaining possession on Jan. 25 against Kent State. The Huskies defeated Radford University in their first game of the November Clasico. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball dominates first game of November Clasico

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | November 24, 2023

NIU women’s basketball (2-3) kicked off their first game of the November Clasico with a 72-55 win over the Radford University Highlanders (2-5). Lights out three-point shooting boosted the Huskies in the win despite 18 turnovers.  The Huskies finished...

Redshirt junior guard Sidney McCrea shoots during the NIU womens basketball game against Lindenwood on Tuesday. The Huskies won the game 77-60. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Marable’s big night snaps 3-game losing streak

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 22, 2023

DeKALB – A career night from senior guard Jayden Marable helped snap a three-game losing streak for NIU women’s basketball (1-3) in its home opener as the Huskies took down Lindenwood University (0-4) 77-60. Marable flirted with a triple double,...

NIU womens basketball team huddles in a circle before the game on Feb. 18 against Ball State. The Huskies fell to the University of Southern Indiana on Thursday by a final score of 66-60. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball suffers third-straight loss to start 2023

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 17, 2023

NIU women’s basketball (0-3) is off to its worst start to a season since 1999 after the Huskies lost 66-60 to the University of Southern Indiana (3-0). NIU came out of the gate driving the basket with frequency. NIU scored 10 points from the paint...

2022 redshirt senior guard Paulina Castro gives coach Lisa Carlsen a high five as the rest of the womens basketball team heads toward the sideline after its game against Bowling Green on Feb. 2, 2022. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star File Photo)

Women’s basketball adds 3 new recruits

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 13, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball head coach Lisa Carlsen announced three signings for the 2024-25 season Friday. The Huskies signed Makenzie Brass, Lexi Carlsen (Lisa Carlsen’s daughter) and Julia “Bubba” Sollberger to National Letters of...

Then-senior guard Chelby Koker (10) dribbles the ball to an open part of the court while then-junior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) defends Koker from University of Akron’s then-sophomore forward Reagan Bass (34) on Feb. 8 at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies fell to Western Illinois by a final score of 95-62 on Saturday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball dominated in blowout loss

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 12, 2023

Poor paint defense and shooting struggles resulted in a 95-62 blowout loss to the Western Illinois University Leathernecks (2-1) to leave NIU women’s basketball (0-2) searching for its first win. The Huskies started strong with a 7-point run to begin...

Junior guard Jayden Marable (3) drives to the basket as Miami University senior guard Peyton Scott (24) defends during Jan. 23s Mid-American Conference matchup between the Huskies and RedHawks at the NIU Convocation Center. NIU womens basketball lost its first game of the 2023-2024 season to Arkansas State University 75-62. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball falls in first game of MAC-SBC Challenge

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball kicked off its first regular season game with a 75-62 loss against the Arkansas State University Red Wolves.  As a team, the Huskies struggled to knock down shots, forcing them to play from behind throughout the...

Kent State grad student forward Lindsey Thall (44) reaches toward NIU senior forward AJah Davis (25) for an incoming pass during the MAC Womens Basketball Tournament on March 8 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. (Joseph Segreti | Northern Star)

3-point barrage from Kent State eliminates Huskies from MAC tournament

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | March 8, 2023

NIU women’s basketball was defeated by Kent State University 75-68 Wednesday in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland.  Led by senior guards Katie Shumate and Clare Kelly, the Golden Flashes hit 11 of their 26...

NIU graduate forward Emma Carter (24) looks for a pass during the Huskies’ home basketball game against Mid-American Conference rival Miami University at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball falls to Kent State in season finale

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 4, 2023

DeKALB –Turnovers plagued NIU women’s basketball (16-3, 8-10 MAC) in a 73-58 loss to Kent State University (20-9,12-6 MAC). Despite the loss, NIU clinched the No. 5 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Kent State was in control of...

Huskies senior forward AJah Davis (25) runs down the court during NIUs matchup with Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at the NIU Convocation Center. Davis and the Huskies clinched a seeding in the MAC Basketball Championship bracket for next week after the Huskies beat Eastern 73-63. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

A’Jah Davis breaks double-double record in win over EMU

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2023

DeKALB – Senior forward A’Jah Davis broke the all-time NIU double-double record as the Huskies defeated Eastern Michigan University 73-63 and clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament. Davis finished the game with 19 points on 8-for-17...

Senior forward AJah Davis (25) looks for an opening to pass the ball in the first half of the game on Jan. 25. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Davis ties double-double record in victory over CMU

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior forward A’Jah Davis shined on Senior Day as she tied the school record for double-doubles and led her team to an 84-80 double overtime win against Central Michigan University. SENIOR DAY NIU celebrated Senior Day to give recognition...

Senior guard Chelby Koker shooting a free throw in Saturdays upset victory over Ball State University. (Alyssa Queen)

Huskies upset Ball State, halt Cardinals’ winning streak

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 18, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (14-11, 6-8 MAC) upset the No. 1 ranked team in the Mid-American Conference for the second consecutive game, beating Ball State University (22-5, 12-2 MAC) by a final score of 84-77.  Coming off an 85-81 win against...

Junior forward AJah Davis shoots from the free throw line during a game on Jan. 15 against the University of Toledo Rockets. The Huskies fell 73-52 as Davis led all NIU scorers with 24 points. (Summer Fitzgerald/ Northern Star)

Huskies snap five-game losing streak

By DeOndre Saunders and Eddie Miller | February 5, 2023

The NIU women’s basketball team ends its five-game losing streak as they pick up a win on the road in Buffalo, New York, against the University at Buffalo Bulls, 72-62. SECOND DAY OUT Senior forward A’Jah Davis had a great second game back after...