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NIU gymnastics starts season off with first MAC win

The gymnastics team celebrates after winning the program's first ever Mid-American Conference Championship March 23, 2019, in DeKalb.
Wes Sanderdson, Reporter January 27, 2021

DeKALB — NIU gymnastics opened up its 2021 competition season this past weekend with three road contests as its hopes of defending the MAC championship began. Friday, the team traveled to compete in the Tennessee Collegiate Classic, where the team...

Women’s basketball continues impressive play in win over Akron

Sophomore guard Grace Hunter (right) runs the offense Nov. 25, during NIU's 85-61 loss to IUPUI in DeKalb, Illinois. Hunter had three points and two assists in the season opener.
Justin Kelley, Reporter January 27, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team defeated the University of Akron Zips Wednesday 76-63. It’s the team's fifth win in its last six games.  Ball control was a huge factor throughout this game for both teams as they combined for 31 turnovers....

Wrestling team splits a pair of matches in Columbia

Then-redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson being announced the winner March 7 after his 8-5 decision win in the 2020 MAC Championship semifinals at the Convocation Center.
James Krause, Senior Reporter January 25, 2021

DeKALB — The wrestling team split a doubleheader dual in Columbia Saturday, handily defeating the University of Ohio Bobcats 32-6, while dropping its meet with the ranked University of Missouri Tigers 24-12. The Huskies took care of the lowly Bobcats...

Men’s soccer releases spring schedule

The Huskies celebrate a goal Oct. 8, 2019 during an eventual 5-1 win against Eastern Illinois University at Soccer and Track and Field Complex.
Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor January 25, 2021

DeKALB — Men’s soccer released its schedule Monday for the 2021 season. The program usually plays in the fall, but was one of the several Mid-American Conference sports moved to play in the spring. The season features a 14-match round-robin styled...

Women’s golf spring schedule released

Hole on golf course at Rich Harvest Farms, 2330 Granart Road in Sugar Grove with yellow flag.
Wes Sanderson, Reporter January 24, 2021

DeKALB — Women’s golf released its 2021 spring competition schedule, which consists of seven multi-day invitationals starting on Feb. 8. The Huskies will begin their season on Feb. 8 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club in Lakewood Ranch,...

NIU Athletics to host virtual event for fans

NIU's football team practices at Huskie Stadium on November 2nd.
James Krause, Reporter January 22, 2021

DeKALB — The football team will host a virtual event Feb. 1 intended to give fans a chance to interact with Huskies coaches and players, NIU Athletics announced in a news release Tuesday. Fans will be able to ask questions to Athletic Director Sean...

Women’s basketball experiences another postponement

A press conference table sits empty March 12, prior to the announcement of the cancellation of the 2020 MAC Basketball Championships at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
Northern Star Staff January 21, 2021

DeKALB — For the second time in this week, the women's basketball team's upcoming Saturday game has been postponed, according to a Thursday NIU Athletics news release. The Kent State University Golden Flashes are experiencing roster issues related...

What to look forward to in sports this weekend: Jan. 20

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pumps his fist Saturday after the NFL division playoff game in Green Bay, WI against the Los Angeles Rams.
Wes Sanderdson, Reporter January 20, 2021

DeKALB — As temperatures draw colder in Northern Illinois, competitions are heating up across the sports world. The NFL will play its conference championships Sunday, college basketball has a handful of AP top-25 matchups on its docket, while other...

Two men’s basketball games postponed

Colored visualization of electron microscopy photo of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Northern Star Staff January 19, 2021

DeKALB — The men’s basketball program will be pausing all activities for at least the next seven days due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing, according to a Tuesday tweet from NIU Athletics. — NIU Huskie...

Wrestling drops first match of season in Mount Pleasant

Then-redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson grapples Feb. 14 with his Bull opponent during NIU's 19-16 win at Victor E. Court.
James Krause, Senior Reporter January 19, 2021

DeKALB — Several bonus point losses cost the Huskies wrestling team against the Central Michigan University Chippewas Sunday, losing 22-14 for their first match of the season. After giving up bonus point losses in three of their first five matches,...

Two MAC women’s basketball games postponed due to COVID-19

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Excitement about treating the new coronavirus with malaria drugs is raising hopes, but the evidence that they may help is thin.
Northern Star Staff January 18, 2021

DeKALB — NIU Athletics announced Monday the women’s basketball team has a new opponent for its road trip Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Toledo Rockets will host the Huskies at 4:30 p.m. CST Wednesday in Toledo for a contest...

Huskies extend win streak to four in Miami

Then-first-year guard Chelby Koker brings the ball up the court in the Huskies Jan. 15 loss to Kent State University at the Convocation Center.
Justin Kelley, Reporter January 16, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team extended its win streak to four after defeating The University of Miami–Ohio RedHawks 87-79 Saturday. This is the Huskies longest win streak since the 2018-19 season when they won five straight games. NIU...

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