In honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, we’ve compiled some of our favorite stories from the 2021-22 academic year about women’s sports at Northwestern. Ranging from individual player features to game stories, the pieces below come from both Inside NU and a variety of other student publications at Northwestern.
Veronica Burton and Northwestern women’s basketball
The Wildcats enjoyed a year that featured highlights both on and off the court. Notably, Veronica Burton capped off her senior year at NU with a third-team All-American nod and her WNBA debut after she was drafted seventh overall by the Dallas Wings. Read about the magic behind the Backcourt Burglar’s success, Lauryn Satterwhite’s career game on Senior Night, and their team’s advocacy off the floor.
Spring sports: Lacrosse and softball blossom
Kate Drohan and Kelly Amonte Hiller’s squads fueled Northwestern to one of its most successful spring seasons ever. A Women’s College World Series appearance and a Final Four berth within a week of each other revealed the excellent leadership qualities of the upperclassmen who led the way. Learn more about those stars, their paths to Evanston and their best moments in purple.
Fall sports: Field hockey captures a national title, Rachel McCardell earns nationals bid
In late November, Northwestern field hockey defeated Liberty in Ann Arbor, Mich., to win its first national championship ever. Coach Tracey Fuchs and her team not only overcame adversity on the field (beating No. 2 Iowa as an underdog to advance to the Final Four), but off the field also with preseason uncertainty due to the pandemic. Likewise, Rachel McCardell put Northwestern cross country on the national map with a stellar fall despite a short offseason.