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2022 redshirt senior guard Paulina Castro gives coach Lisa Carlsen a high five as the rest of the womens basketball team heads toward the sideline after its game against Bowling Green on Feb. 2, 2022. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star File Photo)

Women’s basketball adds 3 new recruits

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 13, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball head coach Lisa Carlsen announced three signings for the 2024-25 season Friday. The Huskies signed Makenzie Brass, Lexi Carlsen (Lisa Carlsen’s daughter) and Julia “Bubba” Sollberger to National Letters of...

Then-senior Luis Hernandez handles the ball during a game at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Hernandez and senior goalkeeper Jakub Rojek were named to the MVC All-Tournament team. (Northern Star File Photo)

Rojek, Hernandez named to MVC All-Tournament team

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | November 13, 2023

NIU men’s soccer senior goalkeeper Jakub Rojek and fifth year midfielder Luis Hernandez were named to the MVC All Tournament Team after their performances in the quarterfinals and semifinals.  Rojek faced 64 shots in the tournament, and recorded...

Then-senior guard Chelby Koker (10) dribbles the ball to an open part of the court while then-junior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) defends Koker from University of Akron’s then-sophomore forward Reagan Bass (34) on Feb. 8 at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies fell to Western Illinois by a final score of 95-62 on Saturday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball dominated in blowout loss

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 12, 2023

Poor paint defense and shooting struggles resulted in a 95-62 blowout loss to the Western Illinois University Leathernecks (2-1) to leave NIU women’s basketball (0-2) searching for its first win. The Huskies started strong with a 7-point run to begin...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi throws a pass in an NIU football home game against Ball State University on Tuesday. The Huskies are set to defend home field on Tuesday against Western Michigan University. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Football set for final home game of the season

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 12, 2023

DeKALB – After dropping a 20-17 heartbreaker as time expired to Ball State University last week, NIU football (4-6, 3-3 MAC) will host Western Michigan University (4-6, 3-3 MAC) in its final home game of the 2023 season.  NIU has fallen on hard...

A graphic shows the dates of this week in Huskie sports. NIU Athletics is set to kick off another week events, headlined by NIU football and volleyballs home defense against Western Michigan University. (Ria Pathak | Northern Star)

4 home events highlight this week in Huskie sports

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 12, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Athletics is set to host four home events this week in Huskie sports, including volleyball’s regular season finale against Western Michigan University and football’s quest for bowl game eligibility. FOOTBALL Tuesday, Nov. 14:...

Freshman forward Micah Maldonado and freshman defenseman Jim Franklin line up for a faceoff during NIU Hockeys game against Midland University on Oct. 28. The Huskies dropped their 16th straight game to Illinois State by a final score of 6-3 on Saturday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey falls in penalty-riddled contest

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 12, 2023

BLOOMINGTON – The players of Illinois State (11-7, 4-4 MCH) and NIU Hockey (0-14-2, 0-10 MCH) wrestled around on the ice, pushed each other around and let the punches fly in what was a chippy 6-3 victory for Illinois State on Saturday.  The Redbirds’...

Redshirt freshman Danny Curran grapples with redshirt freshman Dylan Gvillo during the red/black dual on Oct. 27. The Huskies took 11th place at the MSU Open on Saturday (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Wrestling earns 11th place at MSU Open

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – 14 NIU grapplers earned podium spots en route to NIU Wrestling's 11th-place team finish at the MSU Open on Saturday.  NIU had four more placers than it did in last year's MSU Open on Nov. 5, 2022. HUSKIES IMPROVE After failing to...

Members of the NIU volleyball team huddle during Saturday’s road match at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The Huskies fell in five sets to close out their road schedule. (Bobby Ellis | Ball State Athletics)

Volleyball drops road finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

It’s Set 5 at John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana, and NIU volleyball is on the cusp of victory in its 2023 road finale. Leading 6-3, NIU was positioned to pull off the road upset of MAC rival Ball State University, spoil the Cardinals’ Senior...

Senior guard Philmon Gebrewhit (5) shoots a free throw in NIU mens basketballs 2023-2024 home opener. The Huskies defeat Appalachian State University 91-78 on Saturday for their first win of the season. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Huskie backcourt trio leads NIU past Appalachian State

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – An offensive explosion from NIU men’s basketball’s starting backcourt powered the Huskies to a 13-point victory over Appalachian State University on Saturday. The Huskies’ starting guards combined for 64 points, 12 rebounds, and 8...

Jay Mueller, Tri Sigs coach and member of Phi Sigma Kappa, hoists the Sigma Sigma Sigma flag while Tri Sigs members hold up their first place trophy. Sigma Sigma Sigma won the Tugs tournament Saturday, increasing its win streak to three years in a row. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

Tri Sigma completes three-peat in women’s Tugs

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – A 42-minute long final rope victory carried Sigma Sigma Sigma to a win over Alpha Phi in women’s Tugs, continuing its dominance in the event with a third consecutive championship. Timothy Moore, caller for Tri Sigma’s first rope team,...

Planck leads cross country at NCAA Midwest Regional

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – Led by graduate student runner Emma Planck, all four NIU cross-country participants finished within the top-175 in the 6-kilometer run at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday. The Huskies failed to achieve a team score.  “I’m happy...

Freshman forward Robbie Zimmerman carries the puck up the ice during NIU Hockeys game against Midland University on Oct. 27. Zimmerman scored in the Huskies 8-2 loss to Illinois State on Friday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Redbirds rout hockey in I-39 rivalry

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 11, 2023

BLOOMINGTON – The I-39 rivalry didn’t go the way of NIU Hockey (0-13-2, 0-9 MCH) Friday, as the high-powered Illinois State University (10-7, 3-4 MCH) offense blew the Huskies out of Grossinger Motors Arena by a final score of 8-2.  The Redbird...