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NIUHuskies.com, the official online home for Northern Illinois Athletics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog, "Huskie Happenings." The section includes links to a daily newsstand, online chats, feature stories and interviews, game-day and multimedia information, promotions, calendars and much more. We hope this will become your first and last stop everyday for all the information you crave about Huskie Athletics!

MAKING THEIR MARK

The NIU women's golf team had some record-setting performances and saw the emergence of some young talent over the course of the 2008-09 season.

The Huskies' best finish of the season came at the Loyola Invitational where NIU took second place. The Huskies battled the field and the elements to score a 633. NIU trimmed seven strokes off their first-round 320, despite temperatures in the 40s and rainy weather.

The Huskies' best performance of the season was at the 23rd Annual Snowbird Intercollegiate where NIU shot a 625, tying for ninth on NIU's all-time list for 36-hole totals.

Junior Kim Hunley continued her assault on the NIU record books in 2008-09. Hunley moved into second place all-time on NIU's career stroke average list with an 80.0 career average in her three years at Northern Illinois. She sits behind Nicole Jeray, who posted a 79.9 career stroke average in her four-year career.

Hunley posted the second-lowest 18-hole score by a Huskie golfer after turning in a 70 in the first round of the 2009 Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational and is tied for fourth among NIU golfers with the lowest 36-hole score after carding a 149 at the 2009 NIU Springlake Intercollegiate.

Hunley was the highest-finishing Huskie in eight of NIU's nine events. Her best finish of the season came at the Huskie Classic where the Aurora, Ill. native tied for second place, shooting a 156. It was one of four top-10 finishes for Hunley in 2008-09.

Kim Bailey, the third of the Bailey sisters, came into her own in 2008-09. She participated in eight of nine events for NIU, posting three top-20 finishes. Her best finish came at the Huskie Classic where she tied for 13th, while her best performance of the season was at the NIU Snowbird Intercollegiate where she shot a 157 (78-79).

Another Huskie turned in a solid effort as she was looking to make a name for herself in her first season of collegiate golf. Freshman Kelsie Passolt was the second-highest finishing NIU golfer at three events, with her highest finish coming at the Loyola Invitational where she tied for fourth with Hunley, posting a 155. 

INCOMING HUSKIE HOLDS MOVING STORY

Incoming freshman football player Anthony Johnson is profiled by Dan McCarney of the Express News in this emotional story of loss, and family, and love. An absolute must-read for any and all Huskie fans.

DECISION TIME

Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes here that a decision is coming soon on the format of the MAC basketball tournament. The options for changes include moving opening round games to campus sites, and shifting the women's basketball tournament site to Toledo.

CARAVANS COMING TO A CLOSE

Saving the greatest for the latest, the 2009 Huskie Coaches Caravans will wrap-up with the DeKalb-Sycamore edition at Johnny's Charhouse today (aka Thursday). The event gets rolling at 5 p.m., and goes until 7, so swing by after work to rub elbows with an all-star line-up that includes head football coach Jerry Kill, head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton, and head women's basketball coach Carol Owens.

HUSKIE STADIUM TURF COMPLETED

 

ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS

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Where will the Huskies' win over No. 2 SMU rank on the list?
Coming soon to Huskie Happenings, we're going to count down the greatest moments of the 2008-09 season, and we need YOUR HELP! Whether it's a standout touchdown grab, amazing upset victory, or first-class finish at the basket, we need your nominations for the best moment of this last season. Send your best of 2008-09 to houghtaling@niu.edu. One lucky nominator will win a Huskie Prize Pack, so get your top moments in today!

LIGHTS, CAMERA, HUSKIES

Several Huskie football players will be moonlighting for a Northern Illinois commercial. Production starts today on the ad which will feature a bundle of Huskies, and was even written by a Huskie, former NIU baseball player Jesse Seykora. We will have a little behind the scenes look at the taping when the commercial gets closer to its big debut.
Event Calendar
Men's Basketball
Friday, Dec 19 at Dartmouth
Wrestling
Saturday, Dec 20 at Central Michigan
Women's Basketball
Sunday, Dec 21 at Northern Iowa
Men's Basketball
Monday, Dec 22 at Notre Dame
Football
Tuesday, Dec 23 vs Marshall
Men's Basketball
Monday, Dec 29 vs Hampton
Wrestling
Monday, Dec 29 at Midlands Championships
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