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Redshirt senior Courtney Woods (left) looks to make a pass Feb. 1 during NIUs 64-63 win over the University at Buffalo at the Convocation Center.

Woods becomes NIU’s second leading scorer all-time in loss to Ball State

By Justin Kelley | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods became NIU’s second leading scorer in program history. Woods passed Carol Owens on the list by scoring 18 points in a 97-89 loss to the Ball State University Cardinals on Wednesday.  Woods passed Owens...

A clutch shot from Riley Blackwell helps womens basketball win in OT

A clutch shot from Riley Blackwell helps women’s basketball win in OT

By Justin Kelley | February 9, 2020

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team edged out the Bowling Green University Falcons 92-87 in overtime Saturday. NIU trailed Bowling Green late in the fourth quarter, but with five seconds left, junior forward Riley Blackwell nailed a 3-pointer to...

Redshirt senior forward Ally May finds space for a layup Nov. 5 during NIU’s home loss to Harvard University at the Convocation Center.

Fourth-quarter struggles cripple Huskies in loss to Milwaukee

By Justin Kelley | December 6, 2019

DeKALB — Turnovers and an inability to score in opportune situations Thursday led to the demise of the women’s basketball team. NIU lost 78-65 to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panthers, falling to 3-5 on the season.NIU had control most of...

Junior guard Gabby Nikitinaite (right)- leans in for a drive to the basket Nov. 5 during NIU’s season-opening loss against Harvard University at the Convocation Center.

Huskies snap two-game losing skid as Woods, Koker lead women’s basketball to victory

By Justin Kelley | November 30, 2019

DeKALB — The women's basketball team picked up a much needed win Friday against the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles, winning 82-74 and snapping a two-game losing skid.NIU was led by redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods with 23 points and six...

Junior forward Riley Blackwell reaches for a layup Nov. 5 during NIU’s home loss to Harvard University at the Convocation Center.

Huskies make comeback in overtime to surprise North Dakota

By Justin Kelley | November 11, 2019

DeKALB — Just after an NIU timeout with three seconds left on the clock, junior guard Gabby Nikitinaite put on the hero’s cape and banked in her layup.That layup ultimately pushed the game into overtime Sunday, and the women’s basketball team showed...

Huskies go cold in loss

By Zac Camacho | February 19, 2018

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team ended its three-game winning streak Saturday in a blowout loss to Ball State University (21-4, 10-4 Mid-American Conference) 72-50.Turnovers were once again killer for the Huskies, as they committed nine turnovers...

Huskies zip past Akron in Ohio

By Ryan Ostry | February 8, 2018

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team (12-11, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) extended its career record Wednesday in Akron to 8-7 after an offensively dominated night, featuring a game the Akron Zips never led in.“The way we came out of the locker...

Huskies have tough void to fill

By Krystal Megan | November 30, 2017

The women’s basketball team is left with a huge void to fill now that sophomore guard Janae Poisson is out for the season with a torn ACL.The Huskies are going to have to search for ways for their bench to produce in Poisson’s absence, as the sophomore...

Huskies cruise past Eastern Illinois

By Eddie Garcia | November 13, 2017

DeKALB — It was a memorable start for the women’s basketball team, as the Huskies began their season with a 93-64 win Friday over Eastern Illinois University.The Huskies shot 53.8 percent from the field, as they continued their fast-paced offense...

Huskies dominate Benedictine in Exhibition

By Eddie Garcia | November 6, 2017
Freshman guard Gabby Nikitinaite (right) dribbles past Eagles junior guard Casey Williams (left) in the Huskies’ 96-28 win Saturday against Benedictine. NIU will open its season 6 p.m. Friday against Eastern Illinois.