By Zach Peters on May 18, 2012 10:10 AM
She torched the NIU Convocation Center nets to become the 25th member of NIU women's basketball's 1,000-point club, and now Jessie Wilcox (2005-09) will put her experience and expertise as a player to use on the other side of the sport -- coaching. The former standout Huskie guard was recently named head varsity girls basketball coach at Rosary High School in nearby Aurora, Ill.
By Zach Peters on August 16, 2011 4:53 PM
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, the Summit League has announced its list of Top 30 Distinguished Contributors from the Division I era. Among to top 30 was former Huskie E.C. Hill, who set the nets on fire during here career as a guard on the women's basketball team from 1992-94.
Hill is an NIU Athletics and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association
Hall of Famer and her name can be found throughout the Northern Illinois
women's basketball record book. She helped lead the Huskies to three
straight NCAA Tournament berths under NIU Hall of Fame coach Jane
She was named a first-team United States Basketball Writers
Association All-American, Kodak District Four All-America, preseason
Street and Smith's and Basketball Times All-American, Mid-Continent
Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-Mid-Con, and All-Mid-Con
Tournament on a 25-6 NCAA Tourney squad that won the 1993-94 Mid-Con
regular-season title with an 18-0 record, led the league and ranked 16th
nationally in scoring (22.0 ppg.).
By Zach Peters on April 1, 2011 10:57 AM
The future keeps looking brighter for NIU women's basketball, as two of the three recruits Kathi Bennett inked last November were named to the Chicago Tribune's All-State teams today. Claire Jakubicek earned Third Team recognition while Natecia Augusta garnered Special Mention recognition.
As a 6'0" guard/forward for Cary-Grove, Jakubicek averaged 19.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.7 steals per game and shot 49 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free-throw line. She finished her career as Cary-Grove's career scoring (1,700 points) and rebound (795 rebounds) leader.
Augusta led Limestone to a regional final appearance in her final prep season. The 6'0" forward is the No. 2 ranked forward and No. 12 overall player in Illinois, as rated by ESPN HoopGurlz.
By Megan Wallace on February 11, 2011 1:40 PM
Northern Illinois Athletics held a girl scout sleepover at the NIU Convocation Center last Saturday, and nearly 100 local girl scouts were able to take part in all the fun at the Convo. The girl scouts, who spent the night in Victor E. Court, played games, performed skits, and participated in arts and crafts, before winding down the night with a movie. NIU student-athletes from the women's basketball, women's soccer, track and field and volleyball teams even stopped by for a pizza party and games with the girl scouts.
Above is a video showing some of the activities these young ladies participated in during their night at the Convo. You can also check out these PHOTOS to catch all the fun the girl scouts had at their slumber party.
We at NIUHuskies.com would like to extend a special thanks to local girl scouts, troop leaders, Huskie student-athletes and NIU Staff who helped make the night a success for all involved!
By Russell Houghtaling on January 31, 2011 6:16 PM
The Northern Illinois women's basketball team surprised their coach Kathi Bennett with some birthday swag after today's practice. A giant personalized card, a billion flavors of gum, and a large Blizzard from DQ.
By Zach Peters on January 20, 2011 9:38 AM
Congrats to first-year head coach Kathi Bennett and her staff for earning their first Mid-American Conference win last night at home versus Ball State! If you weren't in attendance for NIU women's basketball's triumphant game, you missed an exciting win and outstanding near-triple-double performance by guard Marke Freeman. The senior put up 30 points, eight rebounds and nine steals. Yes, nine steals. For a trio of descriptions of the game, read NIUHuskies.com's recap, Ryan Wood's recap for the Daily Chronicle, and Katie Leb's recap for the Northern Star.