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Five minutes with.. Courtney Shelton, captain for NIU women’s basketball

By Katie Leb | January 25, 2011

More than halfway through her junior season as guard and captain for NIU women's basketball, Courtney Shelton has racked up some memorable moments this season. The Northern Star sat down with Shelton to discuss the action both on and off the court, as...

NIUs Shaakira Haywood fights for a loose ball in Sundays win over Miami (OH).

Women’s basketball wins second straight game

By Andrew Singer | January 23, 2011

DeKALB | Notching its second consecutive win at home against a MAC opponent, the NIU women's basketball team downed Miami (OH) 71-64 on Sunday afternoon. Led by a combination of Ebony Ellis' post play and the sharp shooting of Marke Freeman, the Huskies...

NIU women’s basketball ranks nationally for shooting record

By Katie Leb | January 20, 2011

NIU women's basketball's season has not gone the way it hoped. More than halfway complete, the Huskies stand at 7-11, with a 1-4 conference record. Yet the team has one element that has garnered attention. From behind the arc, the Huskies are shooting...

Courtney Shelton’s career high game not enough for an NIU victory

By Katie Leb | January 17, 2011

With the clock winding down, Courtney Shelton found the hot hand NIU needed to make a comeback run against Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday. In front of a home crowd, the junior guard was unstoppable at the end, hitting 14 of her career-high 29 points...

Women’s basketball hits the road

By Jimmy Johnson | December 5, 2010

The NIU women's basketball team has an opportunity to leap ahead of the two teams that are ahead of them in the MAC West division. Matchups against Central (5-2) and Eastern Michigan (5-3) will be on tap for the Huskies (5-3) during their winter break...

Women’s basketball offensive woes continue in loss to UIC

By Jimmy Johnson | December 1, 2010

An improved second half of play was not enough for the NIU women’s basketball team as they fell to UIC on Tuesday, 50-45.The Huskies (4-3) continued to struggle shooting the ball as they missed their first 15 shot attempts.“We kind of spotted them...

A new asset to NIU women’s basketball

By Jimmy Johnson | November 18, 2010

Kathi Bennett had to do some late recruiting for the NIU women's basketball team this summer. The Huskies' first-year head coach started searching for players after freshman forward Jenna Thorp tore her ACL in late July. "I was just asking anybody around...

Trends show NIU season ticket sales down

By Katie Leb | November 17, 2010

For almost 20 years, Charlene Riefler and Jim Leslie have sat in the same seats, at the same sports, cheering for the same school-Northern Illinois University. As season ticket holders for women's basketball, the friends have attended hundreds of games;...

Women’s basketball splits on weekend

By Jimmy Johnson | November 14, 2010

NIU women's head basketball coach Kathi Bennett experienced her first win and loss all in one weekend. The Huskies (1-1) placed third at the Minnesota Best Buy Classic, and it didn't take long for Bennett's defensive philosophy to rub off on her team....

Basketball teams face holes in line-ups

By Andrew Singer and Jimmy Johnson | November 11, 2010

Both the NIU women's and men's basketball teams will head into the 2010-11 season with holes left by players no longer with the teams. Kathi Bennett, entering her first year as women's head coach, has to deal with the departure of forward Mauvolyene Adams....

Brown gets her lyrical groove on

By Jimmy Johnson | October 13, 2010

Some people just know Bianca Brown as a member of the NIU women's basketball team. But there's another passionate persona of the senior guard. That other side is her rapping personality, "Lyric." Brown took the form of her hip-hop alter ego Tuesday night...

Huskie Briefs: September 28

By Andrew Singer | September 28, 2010

The NIU women's basketball team is looking for some male NIU students to practice with the team. Practice players must be full time students and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Anyone interested should contact assistant women's basketball coach E.C. Hill at...