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Then NIU freshman pitcher and utility player Danielle Stewart (22) reaches for the ball as then junior catcher Ellis Erickson (23) passes it at home plate during NIU Softballs home game against Central Michigan University March 31, 2023. The Huskies were swept by the University of Akron Zips, losing 7-6 in the final game of the series Sunday. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU leaves Akron winless, picking up fifth-straight loss

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 24, 2024

NIU softball (7-18, 1-5 MAC) wrapped up its three-game series losing 7-6 to the University of Akron Zips (13-15, 5-1 MAC), marking the Huskies’ fifth-straight loss. Three home runs headlined today’s game as Huskie senior infielder Caitlyn Shumaker,...

Redshirt junior guard Sidney McCrea (2) signals to her teammates as she dribbles the ball up the court against Bowling Green State University Feb. 24. McCrea earned her first career double-double in a 69-54 loss to University of Akron Saturday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies drop third straight after falling to Akron

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (13-15, 6-10 MAC) picked up it’s third-straight loss after falling to the University of Akron Zips (10-17, 5-11 MAC) 69-54.  Poor shooting held the Huskies back, as they finished 32.8% from the field and 21.4% from three-point...

After a defensive rebound early in the game, senior forward Harvin Ibarguen (23) navigates around University of Toledo redshirt freshman forward Javan Simmons (1). Ibarguen spent four minutes and 14 seconds in play during the first half of the game Tuesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Huskies extend losing streak, face ice-cold loss

By Tim Dodge, Senior Photojournalist | January 24, 2024

DeKALB – Tuesday's Men's basketball game was a chance for the Huskies to break their losing streak before hitting the road for their next two games. The team was defeated by Toledo 89-73.

NIU defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia serves the ball during Friday’s MAC battle between the Huskies and the University of Akron Zips. NIU was undone in three sets to extend its losing streak to four matches. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Volleyball blanked by Akron in straight sets

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 28, 2023

DeKALB – Possession of the MAC’s final playoff seed has slipped through the grip of NIU volleyball, now fresh off its third sweep in four contests. The Huskies (8-16, 6-6 MAC) sustained their fourth-consecutive loss after falling in three sets,...

From left: Junior defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia, senior setter Ella Mihacevich, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier, senior opposite/outside hitter Emily Dykes, sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt and graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann rejoice after a rally in NIUs homecoming matchup with the Eastern Michigan University Eagles on Oct. 13 at Victor E. Court. The Huskies will host the University of Akron on Friday and the University at Buffalo on Saturday in hopes of remaining undefeated at Victor E. Court. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Huskies to host Zips, Bulls in homestand

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 27, 2023

NIU volleyball is more than halfway through MAC play and holds a soft grip of the final playoff seed as it prepares for battle with two of the country’s best serving squads. NIU (8-15, 6-5 MAC) will play host to the University of Akron (10-12, 5-6...

Akron sophomore wing Ali Ali (left) plays man defense against senior guard Anthony Crump during Tuesday nights Mid-American Conference matchup at the Convocation center in DeKalb. Crump finished the game third in NIU scoring, recording 11 points in their 70-54 defeat at home. (Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star)

Huskies fall to Akron in MAC opener

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | January 7, 2023

The NIU men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Akron 76-51 in their first conference matchup of the year. Akron junior forward Enrique Freeman scored 27 points and recorded 15 rebounds for the Zips. Junior guard Greg Tribble contributed...

University of Akron redshirt junior wide receiver Daniel George fails to make a catch against NIU redshirt freshman safety Devin Lafayette early in the second quarter during the game on Saturday.

Akron clobbers NIU, upsets Huskies’ senior sendoff

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 27, 2022
NIU football wrapped up its tumultuous 2022 season with a blowout loss at home against the conference bottom-dweller Akron.

Breaking down the Zips

By Brian Earle | October 10, 2013

No. 23 football (5-0, 1-0 MAC) is set for its Homecoming matchup with Akron (1-5, 0-2 MAC) at 4 p.m. Saturday after playing four of its first five games on the road. The Huskies are coming off their first MAC win of the season in which they defeated Kent...

Men’s soccer plays with heart, falls to Akron in MAC title game

By Jacob Onak | November 11, 2012

NIU men’s soccer started off the MAC Tournament coming out victorious after sophomore midfielder Jayson LeSeth’s free kick gave the Huskies a 1-0 win over West Virginia. They advanced to the championship game against the Akron Zips. The Huskies (7-10-3)...

MAC Breakdown: Toledo, Kent State, NIU top dogs

By Matt Hopkinson | November 7, 2012

Kent State: Perhaps the biggest headline in the MAC East has been the play of the Golden Flashes. Riding a seven-game winning streak, they have gone unbeaten within the conference this season. Kent State features two running backs who each have more than...

Run defense a big part of Huskies victory

By Brian Thomas | October 21, 2012

While the offense gets the credit for NIU football’s success game after game, the team’s defense had just as much to do with its 37-7 victory over Akron on Saturday. One phase of the Huskies’ defense really stood out against the Zips: their run...

Players to watch for as Huskies battle Akron

By Matt Hopkinson | October 16, 2012

Quarterback: Senior Dalton Williams has quietly been putting up numbers for a dead-last Akron Zips football program. The Stephen F. Austin University transfer has amassed over 2,000 yards through the air already this season, and has thrown for 19 touchdowns....