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Area roundup: NIU women fall at Western Michigan


Missing Myia Starks, the Northern Illinois women’s basketball team played only seven players Wednesday and lost late to Western Michigan, 88-83, at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Starks was hurt Saturday against Buffalo, although she tried to play through the pain. The team already was missing Janae Poisson.

The Huskies (10-5, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) trailed for less than 10 minutes in the game, but relinquished the lead for good to the Broncos (10-6, 3-1) with 4:26 left after leading by six points only five minutes earlier.

Courtney Woods scored 26 points to lead the Huskies. Kelly Smith added 21 and Gabby Nikitinaite scored a career-best 17 in a career-high 19 minutes. The freshman’s previous high was six, set Saturday. She had scored 19 points all season before scoring 23 in her past two games.


DeKalb girls top Ottawa: The Barbs picked up a 2,887-2,338 road win.

Reagan Harold rolled a 682 series, including a 274 high game. Kaylee McFarland’s 237 highlighted a 624 series.


Full-strength co-op swim team picks up win: DeKalb-Sycamore knocked off Byron, 122-47.

The Barbs suffered a couple of losses over the break while missing a couple of swimmers. At full strength Tuesday, they rolled to the win.

Gavin Anderson won the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.41) and the 500 free (4:59.33), David Ruetten won the 100 free (53.5), Nathan Braun won the 100 backstroke (59.35), Anthony Biundo won the 50 free (25.21) and Donny Gramer won the 100 breaststroke (1:11.47).

“There were only a couple of events that had JV, which made the meet go by very fast,” coach Melanie Chambers said. “This is difficult for the boys as many of them had no rest in between their events. That being said, the boys swam well with little or no rest. The boys continue to swim well even though they are being challenged in practice. We were very proud of the win tonight.”

H-BR boys lose to Lisle: The Royals lost, 48-37. Tate Sanderson and Grant Kupple each scored 11 points.

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