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University of Iowa senior guard Caitlin Clark celebrates with her teammates after defeating Louisiana State University in the Elite 8 on Monday. Opinion Columnist James Bennett believes that womens sports deserve more respect from the general public. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

COLUMN: Women’s sports deserve more respect

By James Bennett, Opinion Columnist | April 2, 2024

Sports are a huge part of modern popular culture. They serve as entertainment for fans and give the athletes involved something to work for as they aspire to reach new heights. There is, however, a problem within sports culture and how it pertains to...

NIU womens basketball teams huddled together to celebrate after Tuesdays match against Lindenwood University. Though viewership has steadily increased, womens sports deserve more coverage. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Women’s sports coverage needs change

By Sana Polizzi, Sports Reporter | December 7, 2023

Even when history is made, women’s sports still fall into the shadow of their counterparts in men’s sports. The 2023 WNBA Finals were the most watched finals for women’s basketball in 20 years, averaging 728,000 views throughout the entire tournament....

In 1972, Title IX was enacted with a goal of operating federally-funded programs free of discrimination, but when theres been examples of failures that after 50 years, you have to wonder if theres been any significant changes. (Isaac Trusty | Northern Star)

Editorial: Title IX leaves more to be desired

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 9, 2022

Editor’s note: Joey Trella, opinion editor and NIU student-athlete, was not a part of writing this editorial.  It’s been 50 years since Title IX was enacted, and we’ve seen women athletes dominate in their sports and demonstrate that they’re...

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...

Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial

By GREG BEACHAM | February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking...

The Latest: Kobe Bryant service ends with Oscar-winning film

February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in downtown Los Angeles (all times local):12:45 p.m.A selection from the short film “Dear Basketball” that won Kobe Bryant an Academy Award played on the...

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...