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Ball State narrowly defeats NIU on senior night

Junior Mia Lord performs a beam rountine March 1 during NIU's meet against Southeast Missouri State University at the Convocation Center.

Maddie Barrett, Senior Reporter

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU gymnastics team narrowly lost its senior meet Sunday by a score of 195.750 to Ball State’s 195.800. The Huskies were coming off a loss Friday against Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missouri won the meet 195.800-194.775, bringing the Huskies’ record to 4-5 for the ...

NIU softball drops five straight games in Memphis

Jemea Green, Reporter

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — The softball team struggled this past weekend at the Blues City Classic Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, ending the tournament 0-5. Friday Game One The Huskies could not get into a rhythm on offense against the University of North Alabama Tigers. NIU was held to just one hit in the game as ...

Baseball wins second consecutive series over Chicago State and Nebraska-Omaha

Senior infielder Tommy Szczasny prepares for a pitch during NIU's Feb. 21-23 series against Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Huskies would take three of four games in the series.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — Baseball had another successful weekend, winning three of four games against the Chicago State Cougars and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks over the weekend at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois. Game One The Huskies came from behind to start the weekend off on a high note, w...

German’s 23 in the second half not enough to complete comeback

Senior guard Eugene German plays off the ball Feb. 22 during NIU's 82-81 win over Central Michigan University at the Convocation Center.

Mike Knapp, Reporter

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — For the second straight road game, the men’s basketball team found itself facing a huge deficit, but this time couldn’t finish off the comeback Saturday night. After falling behind Tuesday by 17 points and coming back to beat Eastern Michigan University, the Huskies traveled to Western Mi...

Several Upsets during the season make March Madness even more unpredictable

Virginia forward Jay Huff (30) celebrates with fans after defeating Duke in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

Kyle Mathas, Columnist

March 1, 2020

March Madness is known to be an unpredictable tournament every year, but this year might be the most unpredictable it's ever been. This season of college basketball has had more upsets than any other year in the last decade. In the first month of the season, three number one ranked teams lost. The M...

Huskies go cold in the second half on 18% shooting

Quentin Wilson, Reporter

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — A tale of two halves, women’s basketball started Saturday’s game strong, but a six-point fourth quarter gave the Huskies their second straight road loss. NIU lost on the road to the Western Michigan University Broncos 63-50. “We’ll look back at opportunities we had offensively where we didn’t...

Hockey ends the regular season on high note, looks ahead to MCH playoffs

NIU celebrates a goal against Waldorf University on Feb. 2 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. The Huskies would go on to win 5-4 in overtime.

February 29, 2020

DeKALB — Senior forward Brad Krauser and sophomore goaltender Brian Eisele came through in crunch time to help lift hockey over the Maryville University Saints 4-3 Saturday night. The Huskies and Saints played a tight game that required a shootout to decide a winner. On Senior Night, NIU’s lon...

Hockey loses back and forth game to Maryville University

First-year forward Rodahn Evans carries the puck up ice Feb. 14 against Robert Morris University at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. NIU would go on to lose 10-3.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

February 29, 2020

DeKALB — Hockey held a pair of leads but couldn't secure the victory, losing to the Maryville University Saints Friday night. NIU had some opportunities, but could never distance itself from Maryville after gaining the lead twice. This allowed the Saints to keep pace with the Huskies and eventually p...

NIU’s 2020 football season schedule has been released

View of the East side of Huskie Stadium Sept. 24, 2019 in DeKalb.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

February 27, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference announced the 2020 Football season schedule Wednesday, finalizing dates for NIU’s upcoming games. NIU will start the year with a pair of non-conference games, hosting the Rhode Island University Rams in the season opener on Sep. 5 Among NIU home games this se...

In honor of Black History Month: Five important black athletes and coaches in NIU’s history

Jemea Green, Columnist

February 27, 2020

DeKALB — In honor of Black History Month, here are a few black NIU athletes who have played a significant role in paving the way for past, present and future Huskies. Elzie Cooper: 1933-1936 football, basketball and baseball player Elzie Cooper was the first black athlete to play at NIU. He played full...

Huskies break losing streak in win over Eastern Michigan University

First-year guard Myia Starks Jan. 15 during NIU's 79-71 loss to Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

Justin Kelley, Reporter

February 27, 2020

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team ended its three-game losing streak Wednesday against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles. NIU defeated EMU 65-59 in a game where both teams had a combined 39 turnovers. “It’s always good to get the win you know, obviously at home as well, they have bee...

Moyer’s impact helps fuel wrestling’s successful season

Associate Head Coach Dominick Moyer coaches the wrestling team Feb. 14 during NIU's 19-16 win over the University at Buffalo. The meet took place at Victor E. Court.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

February 26, 2020

DeKALB — Wrestling Associate Head Coach Dominick Moyer has already paved an amazing career in wrestling with a decade of coaching following a college career during which he competed on a national stage. It all started with a childhood accident and his recovery. “I fell out of a tree trying...