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From left: Sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci, senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski, sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo and junior setter Ella Mihacevich prepare for a new rally against NJIT on Aug. 26. The Huskies took the match 3-0 as part of their first win at the Huskie Invitational. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Volleyball’s rally stalls in four-set defeat

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 4, 2022

DeKALB – A 22-14 lead in Friday’s deciding set wasn’t enough to keep the Huskies’ comeback hopes alive as the NIU volleyball team fell to the Central Michigan University Chippewas 3-1 at Victor E. Court. NIU started the match down big, trailing...

An NIU defender brings down Central Michigan University freshman quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr. during the first half of Wednesdays MACtion game between NIU and CMU at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU’s bowl hopes dashed by Chips in MACtion opener

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 2, 2022

DeKALB – NIU football’s bowl eligibility has gone up in smoke after falling 35-22 to the Central Michigan University Chippewas in Wednesday’s midweek "MACtion" matchup at Huskie Stadium. Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference showdown between...

NIU women’s basketball drops third straight game in loss to Central Michigan

By Quentin Wilson | February 23, 2020

DeKALB — Women’s basketball lost a nailbiter to the Central Michigan University Chippewas 70-66 for its third straight loss. “I felt like we had our chances against a really good Central Michigan team,” Head Coach Lisa Carlsen said. “I thought...

NIU men’s basketball stuns Central Michigan in overtime

By Mattieu Koetters | February 23, 2020

DeKALB — Men’s basketball is finally back to its winning ways following the Huskies’ victory over the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Saturday in a thrilling come-from-behind 82-81 overtime win.Led by a 23-point, 9-rebound performance from...

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...

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...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, secures the ball Tuesday after a handoff against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Through adversity and distractions, Huskies close season with hard-fought win

By Mike Knapp | November 29, 2019

I’ll be honest — as a grown man with over three decades of adult life experience, usually when I hear the words adversity and distractions as applied to sports teams, I tend to cringe.I mean, I’ve lost my dad. I’ve also lost two of my siblings....

Huskie offense prepares for its next play Nov. 27 during a home game against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Huskies wrap 2019 season on strong note, beat WMU at home

By James Krause | November 27, 2019

DeKALB — The football team closed a season of highs and lows with a 17-14 win Tuesday over the Western Michigan University Broncos and sent off 18 seniors in their final Huskie career game.Head Coach Thomas Hammock said the seniors led a motivated group...

Huskies celebrate after a touchdown Oct. 26 during NIUs 49-0 victory against University of Akron at Huskie Stadium.

Saturday’s defeat to CMU saw Huskies concede most points in a loss since 2016

By James Krause | November 4, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU football team couldn’t contain the Central Michigan University Chippewas’ run game, nor produce anything on the ground in a 48-10 road loss Saturday.The Huskies’ rushing attack couldn’t put together an attack during Saturday's...

Redshirt Sophomore linebacker Vinny Labus (50) and Nick Rattin, first-year linebacker Nick Rattin (38) prepare for an Akron snap Saturday during NIUs 49-0 victory at Huskie Stadium.

Walk-on linebackers Rattin and Labus shine in Akron win

By James Krause | October 28, 2019

DeKALB — In his first tweet following his team handling Akron 49-0 Saturday, Head Coach Thomas Hammock captioned a video of first-year linebacker Nick Rattin's interception return touchdown.{{tncms-inline account="Thomas Hammock" html="<blockquote...

Chance the Rapper makes a surprise visit to NIU

By Parker Otto | September 26, 2019

Chance the Rapper surprised NIU when he made a visit to the women's volleyball team Wednesday night at Victor E. Court in the Convocation Center. The triple Grammy winner was at the center rehearsing for his upcoming concert in Chicago, according to women’s...