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Huskie basketball teams announce new recruits

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 21, 2022

Multiple new signees have been announced for both the NIU men’s and women’s basketball team rosters going into the 2022-23 season, according to NIU Athletics news releases.  Men’s basketball recruits Xavier Amos is a 6’8 forward from Chicago....

Redshirt senior guard Paulina Castro (24) walks out to greet the women’s basketball team during the starting lineup announcements March 5 on Senior Night before a game against Central Michigan at the NIU Convocation Center.

Coaches reflect on 50-year impact of Title IX on women’s sports

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | March 22, 2022

DeKALB —  It has been 50 years since the passing of Title IX. The law has not only had an impact on women’s athletics in the past, but it can still further equality in women’s sports across the country.  What is Title IX?  2022 marks the 50-year...

Junior forward AJah Davis (left) handles the ball whilst being defended by Western Michigan University freshman center Lauren Audino during a game on Feb. 19 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. NIU defeated the Broncos 73-55 in the first game of a doubleheader with mens basketball as part of the Cram the Convo event. (Zohair Khan/Northern Star)

Women’s basketball team faced hurdles in journey to playoffs

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | March 21, 2022

DeKALB — Women’s basketball’s 2021-22 campaign drew to a close on March 9 in the quarterfinals round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, ending a season filled with ups and downs. NIU finished the year with a 14-15 overall...

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)

Women’s basketball falls in first game of MAC tournament

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | March 9, 2022

DeKalb — The women's basketball team blew a 17-point lead against Ball State University Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, in the opening round of the MAC championships. How It Happened The Huskies got off to a very hot start, scoring 24 points in the...

Senior guard Nia Ahart shoots the ball during a Feb. 24 game against Eastern Michigan University at the NIU Convocation Center.

Women’s basketball dominates CMU on senior night

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 5, 2022

Women’s basketball put on a great performance for the last home game of the season, taking home a 69-49 victory against Central Michigan University. How it happened Huskie senior guards Nia Ahart, Paulina Castro and Erinn Hodges and forward Mikayla...

Pivec scores 24, No. 15 Oregon St. women top Cal, snap skid

February 23, 2020

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec scored 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting and No. 15 Oregon State beat California 76-63 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak — its longest skid since February of 2013.Destiny Slocum added 17 points and Maddie...

Florida leads the entire way beating No. 22 Arkansas women

February 23, 2020

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kiara Smith scored 26 points and Lavender Briggs scored 20 and Florida upset No. 22-ranked Arkansas holding off the Razorbacks late for an 83-80 win on Sunday.Florida had the ball at their end of the floor clinging to an 83-80...

Melgoza, Washington upset No. UCLA 74-68

By CHRIS TALBOTT | February 23, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is better than its sub-par record.No. 8 UCLA knew this coming into the Sunday’s road game and was prepared because every contest is so precious as the Bruins battle for seeding in the tight Pac-12 Conference race and the...

No. 1 South Carolina beats No. 14 Kentucky to win SEC title

By GARY B. GRAVES | February 23, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — South Carolina’s latest Southeastern Conference title took precedent over personal achievement, though coach Dawn Staley was grateful to those that made her milestone possible.No doubt, she was especially thankful this young...

Carter scores 23, No. 16 A&M women rock Auburn 84-54

February 23, 2020

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 23 points and No. 16 Texas A&M cruised to an 84-54 win over Auburn on Sunday.Kayla Wells added 13 points, Aaliyah Wilson 12 and Ciera Johnson 11 for the Aggies (22-5, 10-4 Southeastern Conference),...

Abrams tip-in at buzzer lifts Bama over No. 9 Mississippi St

By ROBBIE FAULK | February 23, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — There hasn’t been much that’s separated Alabama from winning as many as 10 games in the Southeastern Conference.The Crimson Tide entered Mississippi State’s raucous Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday having lost four games by...

Kylee Shook scores 17, No. 5 Louisville routs Pitt 79-47

By ALAN SAUNDERS | February 23, 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Missing two starters, including one of the best overall players in the country, it took a little while for No. 5 Louisville to get going against Pittsburgh on Sunday.Specifically, it took 10 minutes. The Cardinals (25-3, 14-2 ACC)...