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Junior guard David Coit surveys the court with Ball State junior guard Jaylin Anderson guarding him in an NIU mens basketball game on Tuesday. Coit scored a game-high 28 points Tuesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Shorthanded Huskies run out of gas against Ball State

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 21, 2024

DeKALB – A depleted NIU men’s basketball team (9-17, 3-10 MAC) was outlasted by the Ball State University Cardinals (13-13, 5-8 MAC) 70-63 Tuesday. The Huskies felt the absence of starters sophomore forward Xavier Amos and junior guard Zarique Nutter...

NIU junior guard David Coit works his way past Ball State University freshman forward Mason Jones on Saturday. The Huskies fell 81-71 to the Cardinals in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday. (Nick Wilson | Courtesy of Ball State Athletics)

Ball State halts Huskies’ late rally for matinee victory

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | January 28, 2024

DeKALB – A dominant performance from Ball State junior forward Basheer Jihad lifted the Ball State University Cardinals (11-9, 3-5 MAC) to an 81-71 victory over NIU men’s basketball (6-13, 0-7 MAC). The Huskies had their hands full trying to stop...

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jalon Johnson attempts to catch the ball in the snow against Central Michigan last Tuesday. The Huskies will look to reclaim the Bronze Stalk Trophy on Tuesday against Ball State. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Football to battle for Bronze Stalk

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | November 5, 2023

DeKALB – NIU football (4-5, 3-2 MAC) seeks to return the Bronze Stalk Trophy back to DeKalb in Week 2 of MACtion against Ball State University (2-7, 1-4 MAC). During Tuesday’s game against CMU, NIU found itself trailing by a 24-3 margin at halftime....

NIU junior second baseman Aaron Harper (22) retrieves the ball from his glove as a CMU runner lifts himself up from the base. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Peltier mashes Cardinals to sweep over Huskies

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | April 23, 2023

DeKALB – Defensive miscues in the first two innings, sloppy pitching and three home runs from Cardinal graduate infielder Ryan Peltier helped the Ball State University Cardinals complete the three-game series sweep over NIU baseball Sunday in a run...

Freshman Reagan Welch assumes the ready position during a match against the University of St. Francis on Feb. 11. Welch earned victories in two singles matches and one doubles match during NIUs weekend trip in the state of Iowa. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star)

Huskies struggle in doubles, shut out by Cardinals

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | April 16, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s tennis struggled during doubles competition en route to a 7-0 shutout at Nelson Tennis Center in the Chick Evans Field against conference foe Ball State University. BSU shut out NIU for the second time this season.  NIU got...

Huskies shut out by Ball State in conference showdown

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 1, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s tennis was swept away by the Ball State University Cardinals Friday afternoon in Muncie, Indiana, by a final score of 7-0.  NIU’s number one doubles team of sophomore Nataly Ninova and freshman Erika Dimitriev were knotted...

Huskies split doubleheader, score 14 runs in game two

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 28, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball split a doubleheader with Ball State University Tuesday after recording a season-high 16 hits in game two. GAME ONE The Huskies mustered just three hits total in game one. Junior catcher/outfielder Ellis Erickson scored the only...

Sophomore guard David Coit attempting to maneuver past CMU’s freshman guard Emil Skytta in the second half of the game on January 10, 2023 at NIU. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Undermanned Huskies drop second straight game to Ball State

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 15, 2023

DeKALB - Ball State University took down NIU men’s basketball Tuesday 87-77, snapping the Huskies four game road win streak. The Cardinals completed a season-series sweep of the shorthanded Huskies, led by a dominant performance from sophomore center...

NIU graduate guard Janae Poisson shoots a three-pointer during the middle of the second period against the Western Illinois University Leathernecks at the Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies suffer fifth consecutive loss against Cardinals

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 1, 2023

DeKALB – Wednesday's game was a close one, with NIU women’s basketball cutting the Ball State University Cardinals’ double-digit lead down multiple times throughout the contest, even tying the score at 37-37 late in the second quarter. With a great...

NIU sophomore guard David Coit (11) steps back while being defended by two Ball State University players during Saturdays game at the Convocation Center. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Ball State buries Huskies thanks to three-point parade

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | January 29, 2023

DeKALB — Ball State University took down NIU Saturday afternoon 87-69 in dominant fashion, snapping the Huskies’ three-game win streak.  The Cardinals used the deep ball to their advantage, knocking down 13 of their 28 three-point attempts. Ball...

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.