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We ate up 2008-09 Huskie Athletics. Now we've got the season digested, and we're ready to start the Huskie Happenings 2008-09 Top Moments Countdown. We spent a lot of time trying to define a "Moment" for this list, and ultimately decided that anything that really stuck out in our minds from the past year counts, from a single second, to an entire game.

Today we're hitting the honorable mention list. These were things that we just couldn't justify putting in the top-10. Here's what didn't quite make it, in no particular order.

- Men's tennis comes back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Ball State 4-3, defeating the Cardinals for the first time in the regular season 1974.

- Mike DiNunno cashes in a half-court three-pointer to send the Kent State men's hoops game into double-overtime.

- Craig Rusch picks up a Kent State fumble and rumbles 60 yards for a touchdown, giving the Huskies a 28-7 lead.

- This.

- Mike Salerno wins the Bowling Green game with a 30-yard field goal with 12 seconds on the clock.

- Center fielder Pat Minogue hits an inside the park grand slam, lifting the Huskies to a 12-5 win over Toledo.

- Jennifer Naughton scores a 9.9 on the beam, which was the highest score in the country at the time.

- Women's soccer ties 2008 national runner-up Notre Dame and Northwestern at Soldier Field exhibition to raise awareness for breast cancer.

- Tied 10-10 in the fifth set, volleyball makes a 5-1 rally to beat Kent State in the first round of the MAC Tournament.

- Northern Illinois football scores 24 points in 16 minutes to send the Central Michigan game to overtime.

- Senior women's basketball player Jessie Wilcox becomes the 24th player to reach 1,000 points.

- Former NIU wrestler T.C. Dantzler makes the Olympic Team, becoming only the second Huskie to ever do so.

- Women's basketball wins back-to-back overtime games at the Convocation Center.

- Nate Palmer catches a 91-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Harnish against Minnesota, the fifth-longest play in NIU history.

- Jordin Hood blasts two home runs at Road Ranger Stadium in Rockford, Ill. against Milwaukee.

- Josh Allen breaks up the potential game-wnning fourth-down touchdown pass, allowing the Huskies to hold on for a 17-13 win over Miami.

The countdown officially begins tomorrow, with No. 10. Check back to find out what made the list!


Fifteen more days before head women's basketball coach Carol Owens reports to Colorado Springs for the FIBA World Championship practice!  In her third blog entry of the spring/summer, Owens enlightens Huskie fans on her summer braids, NIU's incoming freshmen, and assistant coach Heather Oesterle's "competitive streak" in touch football of all sports ... that's my job, to tease.  Now read the entire blog HERE!

Carol Owens blogs about her preparation for the FIBA World Championships on Huskie Happenings!


In case you missed it, the Aurora Beacon News had a great feature story on Jerry Rich, owner of Rich Harvest Farms, the home of Huskie Golf and site of the 2009 Solheim Cup.  Did or didn't Jerry invent the bar code?!?


In the return game from last season's ESPNU BracketBusters contest in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Southeast Missouri State will visit the NIU Convocation Center on Nov. 22, 2009.  The Huskies recorded their largest margin of victory over host SEMO last season (Feb. 21), securing a 97-73 win behind Sean Kowal's 21 points and 13 rebounds.  Stay tuned to and Huskie Happenings as the release of the 2009-10 men's and women's basketball schedules draw closer!  


Tim McMurray, Northern Illinois' Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development, will serve as President of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) in 2009-10, the organization announced at its annual meetings in Orlando. McMurray, who served as NAADD's first vice-president in 2008-09, will lead the association through next year's national meeting.  CONGRATS TIM!

Event Calendar
Men's Soccer
Friday, Aug 28 vs Green Bay
Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug 28 at Creighton
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Aug 28 vs SDSU vs. Pacific
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Aug 28 vs South Dakota State
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 29 vs SDSU vs. Iowa
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 29 vs Iowa vs. Pacific
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 29 vs Pacific
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 30 at Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Volleyball
Sunday, Aug 30 vs Iowa
Men's Soccer
Friday, Sept 4 at Furman
Women's Cross Country
Friday, Sept 4 vs Illini Opener
Saturday, Sept 5 vs UNLV
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Sept 6 vs College of Charleston
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Sept 6 vs Milwaukee
Women's Golf
Sunday, Sept 6 at Redbird Invitational
Women's Golf
Monday, Sept 7 at Redbird Invitational
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