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Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) scans the court on offense during the fourth quarter. The Huskies got within 4 points of their opponents twice in the final three minutes of the third quarter, but Bowling Green pulled away in the final quarter, shooting 80%. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Huskies pack in for weekend basketball doubleheader

By Tim Dodge and Ryanne Sandifer | February 27, 2024

DeKALB – NIU hosted its “Cram the Convo” doubleheader Saturday, featuring women’s basketball against the Bowling Green Falcons followed by men’s basketball’s match against the Ohio University Bobcats. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MEN'S BASKETBALL

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)

Record-holder Davis transfers to Seton Hall

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | April 19, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior forward A’Jah Davis announced Tuesday on her Instagram that she has committed to Seton Hall University.  The DeKalb native spent the last four seasons at NIU, finishing with career averages of 12.7 PPG (points per game) and...

Akron defenders guard against redshirt senior guard Janae Poisson at the NIU Convocation Center on Feb. 8. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball blown out at Miami

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 22, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (14-12, 6-9 MAC) fell short to Miami University (11-17, 6-9 MAC) in Wednesday’s competition, losing 88-67.  This was a significant loss for the Huskies as they head into the season’s final stretch with three...

NIU senior guard Chelby Koker drives to the basket as Miami University senior guard Peyton Scott defends during the Huskies’ home game against the RedHawks on January 18, 2023 at the NIU Convocation Center. Miami prevailed in a 74-69 contest. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Carlsen earns win No. 300 in upset over Bowling Green

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 15, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women's basketball (13-11,5-8 MAC ) upset the No. 1 ranked team in the Mid-American Conference Bowling Green State University (22-3, 11-2 MAC) by a final score of 85-81 to earn head coach Lisa Carlsen her 300th career win.   Wednesday's...

Huskie senior guard Chelby Koker (10) dribbles the ball to an open part of the court while junior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) defends Koker from University of Akron’s sophomore forward Reagan Bass (34) on Wednesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Career night from Koker propels Huskies to dominant victory

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 8, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (12-10, 4-7 MAC) dominated the University of Akron 88-63 (14-8, 5-6 MAC), extending their winning streak to two games. Senior guard Chelby Koker’s record night from behind the arch led the Huskies to a 88-63 win...

NIU graduate guard Janae Poisson shoots a three-pointer during the middle of the second period against the Western Illinois University Leathernecks at the Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies suffer fifth consecutive loss against Cardinals

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 1, 2023

DeKALB – Wednesday's game was a close one, with NIU women’s basketball cutting the Ball State University Cardinals’ double-digit lead down multiple times throughout the contest, even tying the score at 37-37 late in the second quarter. With a great...

NIU sophomore guard Jayden Marable maneuvers past EMU freshman guard Kyndal Lewis during Wednesdays conference matchup at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Marable finished the game with 12 points, the fourth-best scorer for the Huskies in the 72-65 victory over the Eagles. (Alexander Pyevich/Northern Star)

NIU dismantled by Bowling Green at home

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | January 29, 2023

The NIU women’s basketball team extends its losing streak to four as they lose at home to the No. 1 team in the MAC, the Bowling Green Falcons, 66-50. Problems without Davis Without the Huskies’ senior forward A’Jah Davis in the lineup, who...

Huskies senior guard Chelby Koker (10) advances the ball down court past Kent State junior guard Casey Santoro (0) during the matchup Wednesday.  Koker racked up 21 points throughout the game at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies fall to Kent State, extend losing streak

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | January 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women's basketball (10-7, 2-5 MAC) competed against Kent State University (11-6, 4-3 MAC) Wednesday. The Huskies fell short against the Golden Flashes, losing 82-61. The Huskies started off the game slowly scoring 13 points while allowing...