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Ball State University third-year outside linebacker Sidney Houston Jr. flips NIU freshman running back Jaiden Credle Saturday at Scheumann Stadium. Houston had seven total tackles during the game. (Amber Pietz | Ball State Daily News)

Huskies leave Bronze Stalk battle empty-handed

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 1, 2022
A 24-7 halftime lead wasn't enough to help the Huskies retain the Bronze Stalk Trophy as they fell to rival Ball State 44-38 in double overtime in Muncie.
COVID-freshman running back Jay Ducker is tackled by a Ball State defender in NIUs 30-29 victory over the Cardinals on Nov. 10 at Huskie Stadium. Ducker had a touchdown run with 2:42 remaining to give NIU their first lead of the game.

Looking back at NIU’s 49 years of Bronze Stalk battles

By Tyler Murray, Sports Reporter | October 1, 2022

It’s that time of the year once again; the Huskies football team is taking on its arch-rivals, the Ball State University Cardinals. NIU currently sits at fourth place in the MAC West, they are coming off of a two game losing streak against Southeastern...

Redshirt senior Courtney Woods (left) looks to make a pass Feb. 1 during NIUs 64-63 win over the University at Buffalo at the Convocation Center.

Woods becomes NIU’s second leading scorer all-time in loss to Ball State

By Justin Kelley | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods became NIU’s second leading scorer in program history. Woods passed Carol Owens on the list by scoring 18 points in a 97-89 loss to the Ball State University Cardinals on Wednesday.  Woods passed Owens...

Men’s basketball looks to end losing streak in rematch against CMU

By Jarrett Huff | February 19, 2020

DeKALB — After dropping both games on its road trip, the men’s basketball team returns home to the Convocation Center for a rematch against the Central Michigan University Chippewas.The Huskies lost the first game of their road trip against the Ball...

It’s time for fans to embrace NIU’s men’s basketball team

By Mike Knapp | February 11, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team is on one of its hottest runs in years, and the community is beginning to notice.The Huskies’ six-game winning streak is the longest in Mid-American Conference play in school history. If the season ended today,...

Senior Eugene German (center) runs to the right corner after handing off the ball to a sophomore Trendon Hankerson (back right) Feb. 7 during NIUs 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

NIU men’s basketball seeks seven straight versus Ball State

By Mike Knapp | February 10, 2020

DeKALB — The one thing that  has sparked the men’s basketball team’s six-game winning streak has been the ability to impose its will on the opponent on the defensive end.That’s a bit of an anomaly in the Mid-American Conference where up-tempo...

Sophomore Darius Beane (no.24) drives under the basket Feb. 7 during NIUs 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

NIU men’s basketball sweeps Kent State, sets school record with six consecutive MAC wins

By Mike Knapp | February 8, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team proved it was more than ready for primetime Friday night.Playing in front of a national audience on CBS Sports Network and one of the more raucous crowds of the season, the Huskies ran their winning streak to six...

Volleyball set to host Western Michigan in last home game

By Kyle Mathas | November 14, 2019

DeKALB — The volleyball team will host the Western Michigan University Broncos in its last home match of the season Thursday.Heading into the matchup, the Huskies have a chance at leveling their home record this season. NIU is currently 5-6 at Victor...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, returns a kick Oct. 5 against Ball State University during an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium.

After early season plagued with injuries, penalties, Huskies look to get back on track

By James Krause | October 18, 2019

DeKALB — NIU football head coach Thomas Hammock was able to take more from his grandfather, Charles Thomas Johnson, than just his middle name.After Hammock’s mother had the future Huskie at an early age, Hammock’s grandfather took on a large role...

Then-junior goalkeeper Megan Donnally swings her leg on a punt Sept. 29, 2019, during an eventual 1-0 loss to Kent State University at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex in DeKalb.

Donnally at her best for women’s soccer in NIU loss to Ball State

By Jarrett Huff | October 11, 2019

DeKALB — Junior goalkeeper Megan Donnally had 13 saves on the day for NIU. The 13 saves are a season-high for Donnally, and ties an NIU career-high.Women’s soccer fought hard all game, but gave up a goal late in the second half, falling to Ball State...

Women’s soccer to travel to Muncie for MAC play against Ball State

By Jarrett Huff | October 9, 2019

DeKALB — Women’s soccer will head to Muncie, Indiana to face Ball State University 3 p.m. Thursday at the Soccer Field at Briner Sports Complex.NIU is looking for its first win in Mid-American Conference play, but will have a tough task against a...

Senior setter Amanda Krahl jump sets junior middle blocker Kennedy Wallace Aug. 30 in a 3-1 loss to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.

Volleyball wins first road game, levels 2-2 in conference play

By Justin Kelley | October 6, 2019

DeKALB — Inconsistency continues to weigh down the volleyball team, as the Huskies were blanked Friday against Ball State University, losing 3-0, but bounced back Saturday with a dominant 3-1 victory over University of Toledo.Match OneBall State came...