Road to glory not always easy for Northwestern’s Scottie Lindsey

By Astasia Williams SALT LAKE CITY – Scott “Scottie” Lindsey has helped Northwestern men’s basketball write the most important chapter in program history. But Lindsey’s own story hasn’t always been a fairy tale. The Hillside, Illinois, native was a three-star recruit from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Now he’s an All-Big Ten player […]

Hey, Wildcats, may we have this dance?

By Astasia Williams For the Northwestern men’s basketball team, it had been seven decades of being a bridesmaid. On Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats finally became the bride. March Madness was born in Evanston, Illinois, but the last time Northwestern University was associated with the NCAA Tournament was in 1939 when it hosted the first Final […]

College athletes learn to ask for help with mental health

By Astasia Williams On Jan 9, 2017, the Northwestern women’s basketball team endured a tragedy with one of their own. Jordan Hankins, a 19-year-old sophomore from Indianapolis, died by suicide. Hankins was on the pre-med fast track and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. The reasoning for Hankins’s suicide has not been made public. Her […]

Dramatic win propels Northwestern toward March Madness

By Astasia Williams Hail Mary. Program-record 21 wins. March Madness. The first day of March lived up to its nickname at Welsh-Ryan Arena as Northwestern took down Michigan in a cinematic fashion Wednesday night. Now may be the time for Evanston, Illinois, to put on its dancing shoes for the NCAA tournament.

Northwestern women’s basketball tries to recapture spark

By Astasia Williams Once you’re hot, it’s important to keep the fire burning. The Northwestern women’s basketball team looked to be a shoo-in for an NCAA tournament berth after going 6-4 in the first 10 conference games. The Wildcats have been in a drought since an eight-day break following a Jan. 17 victory over Michigan State, going […]

Northwestern hopes for some ‘SavageCats17’ on defense

By Astasia Williams Meet the new Northwestern Wildcats. Or #SavageCats17, as they have been dubbed by @NUFBFamily, the Wildcats’ twitter feed. The Wildcats officially added 24 newcomers Tuesday: 17 high school scholarship players, one graduate transfer, and six preferred walk-ons. There already are two early enrollees on campus. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said there was an […]

Despite ranking, Northwestern is sticking to the script

By Astasia Williams Nothing has changed in the Brown Family Basketball Center. The balls are still orange rubber; The ‘N’ logo is still large and purple at center court. The practice jerseys are still the same. And there still is no talk of the NCAA tournament. “We never talk about the NCAA Tournament. We talk […]

The formula of Curie’s Terry Smith Jr.

By Astasia Williams It’s two hours before game time at Curie High School. There’s one player shooting from the three-point line and 10 more under the hoop fighting for the rebound. Another player sits on the bleachers with his head bowed, blasting the new J. Cole song False Prophets through his Beats headphones. During the […]

The World Series champs now reside on Clark and Addison, but what’s next?

Pitcher Jose Rosario signs autographs

By Astasia Williams When the clock struck noon Friday, the madness and celebration began. Lines are cluttered with ecstatic fans dressed in their favorite Cubs players’ jerseys and other team merchandise. People are waiting and talking with other fans, taking photos, and reading books to pass the time until check-in begins at the Sheraton Grand […]