Carlsen aims for postseason return in 2018-19
DeKALB – Northern Illinois women’s basketball coach Lisa Carlsen likes to begin her practices with an inspirational quote.
“Commitment to winning means winning requires commitment,” Carlsen said in a team huddle before practice June 22.
After one of the program’s most successful seasons and a Women’s National Invitational Tournament appearance in 2016-17, NIU suffered a setback in 2017-18. The Huskies went 15-15 and were bounced from the Mid-American Conference Tournament in a first-round game.
The final record at the end of the season, however, was far from the true identity of the team, Carlsen said. The Huskies suffered three season-ending injuries before conference play started, including torn ACLs to major contributors Myia Starks and Janae Poisson.